2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven


Urgent appeals

1857. On 6 February 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent a joint urgent appeal with the Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention on behalf of Mukhametkuli Aymuradov who was reportedly charged in 1995 together with Khosali Garayev with so-called anti-State crimes, including “attempted terrorism”. It was believed that they had been sentenced solely because of their connection with exiled political opponents. In 1998 the two men were apparently sentenced to an additional 18 years imprisonment, among which five years in a maximum security prison, in relation with an alleged escape attempt. In September 1999, Khosali Garayev reportedly died in the maximum security prison of Turkmenbashi. He allegedly hanged himself to death after having been put in solitary confinement following a fight in his cell. There have been allegations that he as a result of the treatment he was subjected to. Fears were expressed regarding Mikhametkuli Aymuradov’s health given the conditions of detention and lack of appropriate medical attention for ailments including a gastric ulcer, cholecystitis, a heart attack and recurring problems with his kidneys and bladder.

1858. On 10 December 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent an urgent appeal on behalf of Aili Yklymov, Esenaman Yklymov, his brother, and Davlatgeldi Annannyyazov, as well as scores of other detainees who had reportedly been arrested after the attack on the Presidential motorcade on 25 November 2002. It was reported that the government has called the attack an attempted coup aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order. Immediately after the attack, President Niyazov was said to have held an extraordinary cabinet meeting at which he allegedly blamed four exiled opposition figures for the attack: Saparmurad Yklymov, the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Boris Shikhmuradov, the former Foreign Minister; Khudayberdy Orazov, the former head of Turkmenistan’s central bank; and Nurmukhamed Khanamov, ex-ambassador to Turkey. Many of those detained were reportedly targeted because of their family relations with the four exiled opposition figures named above. Saparmurad Yklymov’s 75-year old mother was evicted from her house in the capital Ashgabat shortly before midnight on 27 November and the property confiscated. Aili Yklymov was allegedly beaten up so severely in the basement of the former secret services (KGS) building in Ashgabat that he is unable to walk. Esenaman Yklymov was reportedly ill- treated while in custody following his first arrest on 25 November. He was released the next day. He was rearrested on 28 November. Davlatgeldi Annannyyazov was reportedly detained on 30 November in Ashgabat. He was allegedly ill- treated by agents of the Security Service in order to extract a confession implicating one of his brothers, a political opponent cur rently living in Norway.

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