Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Russian Court Acquits Tajik President’s Relative

A court in Moscow cleared Rustam Khukumov, a relative of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, of drug trafficking charges, on which he was earlier sentenced to 9.5 years in jail (he was arrested with 10 kilos of Afghani heroin). The appeals court found the charges “unproved.” According to some media reports (predating the court hearings), Khukumov has in fact been released in exchange for the release of a Russian pilot arrested in Tajikistan on smuggling charges. However, both the Russian Foreign Ministry and Khukumov’s attorney deny the swap deal.


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