Fighting for the safety of legal professionals…
We’re gravely concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, and all those working in the Afghan justice system who now face a perilous future as the Taliban takes power.
The president of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon.
We’re concerned about the situation of Buzurgmehr Yorov, a Tajikistani practising lawyer, who has represented members of the Islamist Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) in legal cases.
We understand that Mr Yorov was arrested on 29 September 2015 and charged with fraud and swindling under article 247 of the Criminal Code.
He was detained by court order after his arrest. During his pre-trial detention, additional charges were brought including:
Mr Yorov was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment by the Dushanbe City Court. The court also banned him from practising as a lawyer for five years after the end of his prison sentence.
We’re also concerned about another Tajikistani lawyer, Nuridden Makhkamov, who has also represented members of the IRPT and was acting as Mr Yorov’s legal representative.
Mr Makhkamov was arrested on 22 October 2015. He was also initially charged with fraud and swindling, and similar additional charges were added during his pre-trial detention.
We understand that Mr Makhkamov was temporarily placed in solitary confinement after he went on a hunger strike to protest his arbitrary detention.
Mr Makhkamov was convicted on 6 October 2016 and sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment. He was also banned from practising for five years after the end of his prison sentence.
We understand that both trials took place behind closed doors and were not open to the public.
We asked the relevant authorities to make sure that:
September 2015 – Mr Yorov was arrested, charged and detained before being sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment
October 2015 – Mr Makhkmov was arrested, charged and detained before being sentence to 23 years’ imprisonment