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Last Updated: 06/16/2005
Andijan on the 'net


The Ferghana.ru website has posted details of 26 individual cases of murder from the May 13 massacre in Andizhan, Uzbekistan. Featuring interviews with family, friends and witnesses, the tales put a human face on a very real atrocity that the Uzbek government has written off as a battle with extremists. An excerpt:


Story 3. Akhmad, born in 1961

Akhmad lived in a mahallja.

"The night the prison was attacked and taken over, Akhmad was woken by Zikrillo, a friend of his and neighbor. It was at 2 a.m.," Akhmad's father'in-law said. "Akhmad and Zikrillo have been buddies since school. Zikrillo said he had a grandson. His son's wife had just delivered at the maternity hospital. Akhmad and Zikrillo cooked some milk soup for her and got into the car for the trip to the hospital. Akhmad was a cabby with a rented cab. There is a military unit quartered on Ashurov Street (former Krasnoarmeiskaya) not far from the hospital. Soldiers ordered the car to pull over right in front of the garrison and opened fire. Both were killed. Zikrillo Ayupov and Akhmad, they had been classmates once."
 
"I was looking for him all day long. Somebody told me finally that he had seen the car in front of the military unit and I went there at once," the father-in-law continued his story. "I saw the car there. "That's my son-in-law there," I said. "No way," they said. "They were escaped prisoners." What prisoners, when they were dressed the way they were, in ordinary clothes... I approached and did not even recognize Akhmad at first. More than 100 hundred bullets had hit the two men. The car was like a sieve. I knew then that soldiers had ordered the car to pull over and, when it did, opened up. Soldiers said... actually an officer said, that Akhmad had tried to escape, but that was a bunch of lies. Even a fool could see that. The car was a Tico, license plate 17 G 72-62. It was rented... I was denied permission to collect the body that day. They said some sort of document from the prosecutor was needed. And so the bodies remained right there, in the car in front of the military unit, for the following two days. The military was waiting for forensic experts and prosecutors. They eventually turned up, made some photos, verified deaths, and collected 60 or so spent cartridges. In fact, many more bullets had hit the car. So, the bodies were taken to the morgue (I helped with it), and I collected them from the morgue only afterwards. They were interred at Aisha-Khonum. Six others were interred at the cemetery that day. No, I haven't seen no women or children. They are not even interred properly, just taken somewhere and buried. And there had been the murdered..."

Full story from Ferghana.ru:

Executed Andijhan

 

More Uzbekistan links:

 

openDemocracy.org

Andijan: prelude to a massacre

 

BBC

Country Profile

 

International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

Crisis in Uzbekistan

 

Also:

 

International Crisis Group report on Andijan

 
 
 

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