NEWS AND EVENTS
May 13, 2007
PRESS-RELEASE ON THE CASE OF GULBAHOR TURAEVA
Recently, some mass media and foreign nongovernmental organizations, in particular, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Uznews.net, Human Rights Watch, Institute for Peace and War Reporting, are disseminating false reports about alleged \"doubling the imprisonment term for Gulbahor Turaeva, Uzbek human rights activist\".
In this regard, the Mission of Uzbekistan to the European Communities on the basis of the information provided by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan informs of the following:
On April 24, 2007 Andijan Regional Criminal Court had sentenced Gulbahor Turaeva to 6 years of imprisonment for committing crimes stipulated by the following articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan:
159/part 3/ clause b ? the infringement on the constitutional order of the Republic of Uzbekistan by the organized group or in its interests;
244-1/part 3/clause b ? the production or dissemination of the materials posing threat to a public security and public order by taking advantage of official position;
244-2/part 1 ? the creation, management, participation in the banned organizations.
The verdict was pronounced in accordance with the order of imposing punishment for committing several crimes stipulated in the Article 59 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Besides, on May 7, 2007 Andijan Regional Criminal Court found Gulbahor Turaeva guilty of committing a criminal offence stipulated in Article 139/part 3/subparagraphs a) and ?) (slander coupled with the accusation of committing grave or extremely grave crimes for one?s self-interest) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
With respect to the disseminated disinformation on the alleged prolongation of Gulbahor Turaeva?s imprisonment term it is important to underscore the following:
According to the Article 57 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan (imposing lighter punishment) the Court had imposed a punishment in the form of penalty amounting to 648 thousand Uzbek soums. Also, applying the Article 59 (imposing a punishment for committing several crimes) and the Article 61 and taking into account the verdict dated April 24, 2007, upon aggregate set of crimes committed by Gulbahor Turaeva on May 7, 2007 the Court has sentenced her in total to 6 years of imprisonment and imposed a penalty amounting to 648 thousand soums.
On May 8, 2007 Gulbahor Turaeva using her right submitted an appeal on two of the mentioned verdicts of the Andijan Regional Criminal Court that along with the materials of the case, in accordance with the Article 497-6 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, must be presented to appeal instance within 10 days. Currently, these complaints are being finalized for the consideration in the appeal instance.
According to the Article 497-13 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the appeal instance by its definition has the right to: leave the Court?s verdict without any amendment; abolish the Court?s accusatory verdict and stop the lawsuit; arrange an additional investigation of the case; or order a new lawsuit for the case, etc. It is noteworthy that according to the Article 494 of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, ?while the case is being considered in the form of appeal, cassation or supervision, the Court has right to neither further aggravate the punishment nor to apply the law on graver crime?.
The information above proves that the reports on Gulbahor Turaeva\'s case disseminated by the mentioned and other mass media and NGOs are based on doubtful facts and of the subjective and biased character. Obviously, these actions are aimed at the artificial stirring up the situation on the case and are of the deliberate attempts of damaging the image of Uzbekistan on the international arena.