DUSHANBE , July 8, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan ’s Main Military Prosecutor’s Office has completed criminal proceedings instituted against six persons, including three officers from the Qairoqqum police directorate, one Tajik border guard, and two other police officers, who are charged with negligence that led to the attack on the Qairoqqum jail and murder of the prison warden.  The case has already moved to a military court in Khujand.  

Tajik prosecutor Abduqodir Noorov has told Asia-Plus that three officers from the Qairoqqum police directorate, Usmonov, Sayfiddinov and Hoshimov, faces charges of negligence, abuse of office and bribe taking. 

As it had been reported earlier, unknown men attacked a prison in Qairoqqum on January 25 this year, killing the prison warden and freeing Fathullo Rahimov, who had been detained on suspicion of having illegally possessed weapons and called for the violent overthrow of Tajikistan ’s current form of government.  Prison warden Bobojon Gadoboyev was killed by the armed assailants, who escaped along with the freed prisoner.

 According to Noorov, the gunmen were identified as Abdurrahim Umarov, Abdukholiq Boboyev, Alijon Rustamov and Dilshod Rahimov.   

Abduqodir Noorov says the law enforcement agencies have managed to come over the assailants’ tracks following a May 12 raid on border posts in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan .  “Dilshod Rahimov and Alijon Rustamov were killed in a special operation by Tajik and Kyrgyz power-wielding agencies to eliminate the gunmen on the territory of Kyrgyzstan ,” the prosecutor said.  Two others – Abdurrahim Umarov and Abdukholiq Boboyev – have managed to flee and at present they are probably hiding themselves in Kyrgyzstan , according to him.  

Noorov says the investigation has established that all members of this criminal group are active members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the ringleader was Alijon Rustamov, resident of the Uzbek region of Namangan .