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10-03-2015, 11:54

Three Tajik men arrested on suspicion of killing opposition Group 24 leader


Avesta.Tj | 10.03.2015 |Three Tajik men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering the opposition movement Group 24 leader Umarali Kuvatov, Turkish news agency Haber reported on Monday.

The suspects were reportedly plotting the murder of Kuvvatov for three months.

Kuvvatov was buried on March 9 in Istanbul of TurkeY , where he had been shot in the head by an unidentified attacker last week.

According to the Turkish media sources, Kuvatov, his wife and two sons had been invited for dinner at the house of Sulaymon Kayumov, a 30-year-old Tajik citizen who has been residing in Istanbul for several months.

Kuvatov and his family felt sick after consuming food offered by Kayumov and rushed out for fresh air. When they were outside, an unidentified man approached Kuvatov from behind and fired a single shot to his head. Kuvatov died at the scene.

In January, Tajikistan has formally asked Turkey to extradite fugitive opposition politician and businessman Umarali Kuvatov.

Kuvatov is wanted by Dushanbe on fraud charges. His Group 24 political organization was banned in October 2014, when the government labelled it as an extremist group.

Tajik authorities had earlier blocked hundreds of websites after Group 24 used social media to call for a mass antigovernment protest in Dushanbe.

Kuvatov and three associates were detained in Turkey in December for violating visa regulations.

Eight Group 24 members have been detained in Russia and were reportedly extradited to Tajikistan, and that three others were arrested in Tajikistan.

Kuvatov, who once had close ties to President Emomali Rahmon's family, left Tajikistan in 2012.