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Saturday, August 06, 2005

 

Uzbek court overturns Internews closure

From The Moscow Times:

A Tashkent court on Thursday overturned the closure of a U.S.-based media support organization and pardoned two of its workers after convicting them of illegally publishing and producing video materials.

Catherine Eldridge, Internews Network's country director, told reporters that the judges at the Yakkasaray criminal court ruled that prosecutors should have filed their case seeking to close Internews in civil, not criminal, court.

She also said the court convicted former director Khalida Anarbayeva and accountant Olga Narmuradova, but then immediately pardoned them in accordance with a presidential amnesty, she said.

Prosecutors refused to say whether they would refile the case.

"So I suppose we can just expect the case to go to a civil court, we can only wait and see what will happen with the future of the organization in Uzbekistan," Eldridge said.

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