Former Tajik PM detained in Ukraine

12:17, 08 February 2013
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Ukrainian authorities have detained a former prime minister of Tajikistan for his alleged role behind an assassination attempt on President Emomali Rakhmon, officials said Thursday, according to Xinhua.

Abdulmalik Abdullojonov will be detained for 40 days until Ukraine receives a request for his extradition from Tajikistan, said the press service of the Prosecutor's Office of the Kiev region.

Abdullojonov, who served as Tajikistan's prime minister from September 1992 to 1993, was detained Tuesday at Kiev's Borispil airport after arriving from the United States, where he has lived since 1998.

The former prime minister, 64, has been on an international wanted list since 1996 for an attempt to stage a coup against Rakhmon during an army mutiny.

According to a police statement, Abdullojonov could face up to 20 years in prison in Tajikistan.

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