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Sweden sheltering terrorist cleric: Uzbek TV

Published: 29 May 2010 09:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 May 2010 09:00 GMT+02:00

A cleric based in Sweden has been accused by Uzbek state television of instigating a suicide attack on the US embassy in 2004, as well as directing a series of high-profile killings last year.

A documentary that aired on Thursday night said Obidkhon Nazarov, a once-popular preacher in Uzbekistan who fled to neighbouring Kazakhstan in the late 1990s, had flown to Sweden with the help of "foreign secret services" in 2005.

"Although Nazarov was wanted by Uzbek law enforcement, including Interpol, he could freely fly away from Almaty airport with the help of invisible hands... and found safe shelter in Sweden," the documentary said.

From Sweden "he is still trying to set up his jihad group" that has planned terrorist attacks in Uzbekistan, it said.

Nazarov was granted refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2006 and in recent years has been living openly in Sweden, where he has criticised the Uzbek authorities.

The former imam of Tokhtoboy mosque in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, Nazarov has previously denied links to extremists in Uzbekistan, a majority-Muslim former Soviet republic in Central Asia.

In the attacks last June, a deputy director of a religious school and a number of senior anti-terror officials were killed.

More than 90 people were arrested afterwards and most were jailed following closed trials, according to human rights groups.

The documentary showed several defendants testifying against Nazarov, and it said the murders were Nazarov's latest attempt to destabilise Uzbekistan after his previous attempt in 2004.

That year dozens of people were killed in a series of attacks and suicide bombers struck the US and Israeli embassies.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:30 May 29, 2010 by Nemesis
This preacher should be deported to Uzbekistan for trial.

We don't need Jihadists in Europe. They have no place here.
11:03 May 29, 2010 by jaysea32
Why in the world does this country harbor this scum-of-the-earth type person?

He should be arrested and turned over to Interpol. There'll probably be a price to pay for sheltering this rogue.
11:21 May 29, 2010 by calebian22
Considering that Sweden is a member of Interpol, it ridiculous that it does not hand this cleric over. Uzbekistan abolished the death penelty in 2008, so the reason for harboring this fugitive is unclear. The idea of consecutive life sentences must be offensive to the Swedish bureaucrats.
11:54 May 29, 2010 by Jamshidtash
I am Uzbek and I am a big fun of Obidhon Nazarov. tI would not say that he is a Terorist :(

Personally he is very kind and has a good knowledge of Islam. His speeches in mosques help people to understand what is Islam and what is like to be Muslim.

Most of Uzbek population is Muslim, but very few follow the Islamic rules. After listening Obidhon's speeches people started to follow the Islamic rules, pray 5 times in a day, do not drink an alcohol and do not be afraid of anyone, only God and so on. They are simple man and woman just like you and me, not a terrorist, only difference is - they believe in Islam.

Uzbek goverment created an artificial bomb-attacks (just like some other countries) and tried to get rid of famous persons who has big number of followers and announce them as a terrorist and Obidhon was one of them.

Nemesis, do not judge people before knowing them pplz.
13:29 May 29, 2010 by sherkovic
@Jamshid: Thank you for your time wasting tactics and explanation! This is europe and people here only believe in what they see on the TV And read in the newspaper. For this very reason it is really easy for the elites to rule ppl here and maneouvre their mentalities...its simple...orchestrate a bomb attack somewhere...get it claimed by someone somewhere and on that basis attack a group of people that is seen as the main hurdle in the ruling of elites! So stop making useless efforts in explaining people who is who and what is what? It wont work!

This message will now follow a number of hateful ignorant rude and ill mannered people. Ah am so use to it now!!
13:54 May 29, 2010 by powerofknowledge
Truthfully, I do not know this person whether he is a terrorist or not,

even though, I really want to tell you that in there are some "dictatorial regimes or leaders" in some Islamic countries especially those supported by the US there the best way to get rid of those in the "opposition" is by accusing them of terrorism, then they will go immediately to an anonymous prison to a place no one know where it is, whether he is islamist or communist or liberalist or whatever it doesn't matter he is in the opposition that's unfortunately happening all the time I have many friends frm different countries telling me the same
14:23 May 29, 2010 by truthworthy
because uzbek tv claims he is a terrorist doesnt make a terrorist, this label lost its legitimacy because every dictator calls who they hate a terrorist, it has been a trend in africa.
18:59 May 29, 2010 by RobinHood
Robinhood TV reports that:

The guy who stole his car last year is a terrorist.

Gordon Brown is a terrorist.

The person who pushed in front of him in the bus queue this morning is a terrorist.

Diego Maradonna is a terrorist (and a cheat).

John Robertson is a terrorist (He was the school bully).

Wow this is easy. Can they all be deported to Uzbekistan too? Or do you want more evidence than just what Robinhood TV has to say. I hope so.
19:25 May 29, 2010 by magudbe
right on @truthworthy.
23:06 May 29, 2010 by wenddiver
Hopefully a drone misile will settle the question once and for all.
00:41 May 30, 2010 by GLO
And Progressive People harbor Known Killers.. Any Questions ... well done Sweden.....????
01:14 May 30, 2010 by bbeynch
It is very difficult to have an informed opinion in cases like this. Swedish media are not exactly for being unbiased in cases involving islam. However, if there is irrefutable evidence that Nazarov did commit this alleged atrocity, then Nazarvi MUST be handed over to Uzbek authorities. This regardless of the Swedish govennment's opoinion of Uzbekistan's human rights record. In fact, generally accepted international, practices demands it. It is also important for Sweden to send a message to the world that she will not harbor islamic terrorists! If my suspicions are correct, and all I can do is guess, the accusations are true. Hence, hand him over NOW!
02:34 May 30, 2010 by Azizbek
Welcome to Uzbekistan.

Do you believe that you are Bin Laden's right hand? Come to Uzbekistan and our guys make you to confess. They never use torture, unless you don't confess.

Do you think there is no witness? Dosens are waiting to you to arrive. We have no hearts? Actually, after Soviet era we learned the golden rule "Interest" comes first.

PS: Nemesis and likes, would you like to receive similar comments like yours if you detained in Iran or in China and when they accuse you of being a spy? ie comments "like let them get what they deserve".
12:02 May 31, 2010 by wolverine2k
haha.. is it any surprise? Sweden would more or less join the leagues of pakistan, iraq, saudi arabia, bangladesh, etc. in harboring terrorists and likes since most of the population it is importing is from those countries!
13:49 February 23, 2012 by Jamshidtash
Now this man was shooted in front of his house. I wonder if thelocal know about it :(
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