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Jailed Turkmen activists freed

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 17 February 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Jailed Turkmen activists freed, 17 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51276eec23.html [accessed 18 September 2014]
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February 17, 2013

By RFE/RL's Turkmen Service

A human rights group says that two Turkmen activists convicted on what it maintains were politically-motivated charges have been freed after serving out their prison terms.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch says Sapardurdy Khajiev and Annakurban Amanklychev were wrongfully imprisoned since their arrest in June 2006 and suffered numerous health problems from their incarceration.

Khajiev, Amanklychev, and Khajiev's sister, Ogulsapar Muradova, were associated with the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, a Turkmen human rights group in exile.

They were detained in June 2006, just after having helped a French journalist with a documentary film about the dire state of human rights in Turkmenistan.

In August 2006, all three were convicted of illegal weapons possession after a closed trial.

Muradova died in suspicious circumstances in September 2006.

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