Tajik Opposition Leader Murdered In Turkey

A Tajik opposition leader has been shot dead by an unknown gunman in Istanbul, Turkey, Tajik opposition told newsmen.

Umarali Kuvatov had been living in exile in Turkey and was killed by a shot to the head late on Thursday.

His, Group 24 movement, which opposes the government of President Emomali Rakhmon, was banned in October, 2014.

Tajikistan had accused the opposition leader of various crimes and asked for him to be extradited, but Turkey refused.

The Turkish authorities arrested him in December for alleged visa fraud, but he was freed shortly after, Turkish media reported.

His killing comes two days after a Tajik court sentenced another member of Group 24 to 17 years in prison for attempting to seize power and insulting the president.

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