Ukraine prolongs detention of late Uzbek President's relative

17:09, 25 February 2017
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A court in Kyiv has prolonged by one year the preliminary arrest of a relative of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov who is wanted by Tashkent for alleged forgery and embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

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Akbarali Abdullaev – a nephew of Karimov's widow, Tatyana Karimova – stated at the hearing on February 23 that he would face "death" if extradited to Uzbekistan, RFE/RL wrote.

However, the judge ruled that he must remain in custody for one year while a decision on his possible extradition is under consideration.

Read alsoFirtash released on EUR 125 mln bail on Friday – mediaAbdullaev, 33, was detained at Kyiv's Zhulyany International Airport in January where he arrived with Uzbek and Dominican passports.

He was later sent to one-month pretrial detention, which expired on February 22.

Abdullaev was charged in Tashkent with embezzlement and financial fraud in 2014.

It is not clear how or when he left Uzbekistan.

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