Writer Speaks of Torture
U.K., November 4, 2003
Uzbek journalist currently held in prison for challenging the government spoke
to reporters for the first time on Monday.
Sharipov spoke of how he was forced into confessing to charges of sodomy and
of having sex with minors when prison guards tortured him.
he is innocent, and the case against him was politically motivated—a view
supported by many human rights groups.
claim the government was looking to silence Sharipov, and used topical
charges, such as pedophilia, so as to distract other countries and
organizations from getting involved.
to reporters from his cell, Sharipov said prison guards forced him to write a
suicide note and threatened to kill him unless he pleaded guilty to the
charges against him.
then forced him to dismiss his lawyers and friends from the courtroom, so that
they could sentence him easily.
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