6 July 2006


Journalist's three children, human rights activist released

Incident details

Ogulsapar Muradova, Sona Muradova, Maral Muradova, Berdy Muradov, Elena Ovezova

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(RSF/IFEX) - The three adult children of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Ogulsapar Muradova, who were arrested on 19 June 2006, a day after their mother's arrest, were freed on the evening of 1 July. An activist with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Elena Ovezova, was also released the same day.

According to various sources consulted by Reporters Without Borders, Muradova's children - Sona and Maral Muradova and Berdy Muradov - have not been charged and no explanation has been given for their arrest. Someone calling himself a prosecutor reportedly forced them and Ovezova to sign a statement undertaking not to file a complaint against the authorities for illegal arrest.


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