Tajik Opposition Quvatov Killed In Istanbul

Turkish and Russian media report that Quvatov was shot in the head on a street in Istanbul late on March 5. An official at the Tajik Foreign Ministry said he could not comment until the ministry had more information.

Tajik Opposition Quvatov Killed In Istanbul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tajik opposition leader Umarali Quvvatov was shot dead by an unknown assailant on an Istanbul street late on Thursday, Turkey's private Dogan news agency said on Friday.

Quvvatov, head of the "Group 24" opposition movement, was killed with a single shot to the head at around 10:30 pm (2030 GMT) in the Fatih district of the city. The attacker fled the scene, Dogan said. 

Turkey's anti-terrorism police unit and murder squad are handling the investigation into the killing of the 47-year-old, who had been eating dinner at a house in the area before the killing.

Umarali Quvvatov, was an entrpreneur who in 2012 fled Tajikstan and became vocally critical of the government. Quvvatov was the leader of Group 24 an unoffical movement comprised mainly of Tajiks from diasporas in Turkey Russia.

In Autumn 2014, Quvatov called through social media for organising a protest in Dushanbe on 10 October 2014. The protest was to take place under the slogan "Tajikistan without Rahmon". A day before the planned gathering the Supreme Courted ruled the Group 24 an extremist organisation. On 10 October authorities blocked mobile text messages services and the webiste of Tajikistans leading indepenent news outlet Asia-Plus.

On 19 December 2014 Quvatov was arrested by the Turkish police for residing in in the country without a valid visa. On 16 January Tajikstan addressed the Turkish authorities with an official request for extradtion of Umarali Quvatov, pursuant to which Freedom House expressed its concern over Umarali Quvvatov's safety. The leader of Group 24 was released from Istanbul Jail on 3rd February.

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