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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uzbek Man Deported Despite Protest

Russia has deported an Uzbek man, defying pressure from activists who said he could face execution at home, his supporters said.

Amnesty International urged Russia this week not to extradite Rustam Muminov, who is accused of terrorism in Uzbekistan. But a Moscow court has ordered his deportation because he failed to present a valid residency permit.

"This is outrageous. He's been sent to Tashkent," said Svetlana Gannushkina, a leading refugee rights activist.

"We've lost contact with him now. He is accused of so many things that he will probably be either sentenced to a life in prison or face [the] death penalty. Needless to say, the case has been fabricated."

Uzbekistan's general prosecutor's office was not available for comment.

Muminov moved to Russia in 2000 and worked as a children's cook in the town of Lipetsk before opening a restaurant, Gannushkina said.

At home, he is accused of being a member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group banned in Russia and Central Asia.

He was arrested at the office of the Russian rights group Civic Assistance Committee in Moscow last week and deported to Uzbekistan late Tuesday, Gannushkina said.