Criminal complaint against Zakir Almatov

Uzbekistan – Torture – Almatov

In December 2005, Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and general secretary of ECCHR, filed a criminal complaint against former Uzbek minister of interior Zakir Almatov, the Uzbek head of secret service Rustan Inojatov, and others to the Federal Public Prosecutor on behalf of eight Uzbek citizens because of torture and crimes against humanity.


The complaint contains – based on detailed witness testimonies – concrete allegations of torture as well as the commission of the massacre in Andijan on 13 May 2005 against Almatov and eleven other leading members of the Uzbek national security circle. The actual cause for the complaint against Almatov was his presence in Germany in December 2005 for cancer treatment. Obviously as a reaction to the complaint he departed suddenly.


The German Federal Public Prosecutor rejected the opening of investigations in early 2006. Equally during Inojatov’s visit to Germany in November 2006, the Federal Public Prosecutor rejected any action and put forward that Inojatov would be present in Germany because of an official invitation and had thus immunity.

So far it is still open, which authority officially invited Inojatov for what reason. Inojatov is one of the main suspects for the massacre in Andijan that was not under examination by an independent commission up-to-date.

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German Federal Public Prosecutor

The Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor (Generalbundesanwaltschaft, GBA) is Germany’s highest prosecutory authority. The GBA is responsible for prosecutions in serious cases relating to crimes against international law and crimes concerning state security.

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The law is clear: torture is prohibited under any circumstances. Whoever commits, orders or approves acts of torture should be prosecuted. This is set out in the UN Convention against Torture which has been ratified by 146 states.

Failure to punish and acknowledge torture adds to the trauma of survivors and their families; individual as well as collective traumas persist. The cycle of torture, impunity and further injustice cannot be broken without addressing these crimes, including through the law. This is why – where torture is used as part of a policy – it is important to hold not only low-ranking perpetrators of torture accountable but also their superiors as well as political and military decision makers – including those from politically and economically powerful states.  

In the fight against torture, ECCHR works with survivors and partner organizations to pursue a variety of legal avenues. In some cases, it might be appropriate to bring a case to the International Criminal Court, as with the torture and mistreatment of detainees by British forces in Iraq. ECCHR also takes cases based on the principle of universal jurisdiction in third states like Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden, filing complaints against those responsible for the US torture program in the so-called "war on terror," against the Bahraini Attorney General, and against senior officials within the Syrian intelligence services.


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