DUSHANBE, April 18, 2009, Asia-Plus -- A court in Dushanbe’s Sino district has sentenced Bobour Azimov, the son of the Security Council Secretary Amirqul Azimov, to five years in prison, Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service reported on April 17.

RFE/RL’s Tajik Service cited Abdusalom Odinyaev, a judge with the Sino district court, as saying that the sentence followed Bobour Azimov’s conviction on charge of violation of traffic regulations causing death of two or more persons (Article 212 of Tajikistan’s Penal Code).

According to the judge, Bobour Azimov’s Toyota-Avalon hit pedestrian near the Kokhi Borbad State Complex in Dushanbe in the evening of August 17, 2008.  The pedestrian died on the spot.  After that, Bobour Azimov went into oncoming traffic and crashed his car into another vehicle.  As a result of the collision one person was killed and five others, including one child, were injured.

Before that accident, Bobour Azimov had served as an investigator with the Sino district prosecutor’s office; he had been dismissed after the accident, RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reported.