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Karakalpakstan: Update on the situation of Sagidullaev Jumabai, the brother of Aman Sagidullaev

Sagidullaev Jumabai, the brother of Aman Sagidullaev, leader of the democratic party in exile “Alga Karakalpakstan,” is not arrested at this time. Earlier reports from Freedom for Eurasia indicated his arrest, but details were unclear. It has now been confirmed that Jumabai was summoned by the police regarding two months of unpaid child support. On June 5, the YouTube channel “Nukus Boom” released a video titled “Is Sagidullaev Jumabai Arrested?” In the video, the host interviewed Jumabai’s ex-wife, a social worker, and a court worker. Notably, Jumabai’s responses were cut from the interview, with only “yes” or “no” answers retained, suggesting selective editing by “Nukus Boom” to fit their narrative.

Jumabai Sagidullaev, the youngest brother of Aman Sagidullaev, has faced severe harassment from the Uzbek authorities. Born in the Karauzyak district of Karakalpakstan, he has been denied a passport by Uzbek authorities. Not issuing a passport is a form of repression. As a result, he cannot travel abroad and is unable to carry out basic civil actions such as making transactions with property, state registration of property, obtaining various certificates and permits from registry offices and licensing and permit authorities and other administrative procedures. Additionally, his livestock and property, valued at 200,000 euros, were unlawfully confiscated by the authorities. Despite numerous appeals to the Republic of Karakalpakstan authorities and the President of Uzbekistan, his grievances have been ignored by the Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the National Security Service of Uzbekistan.

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