Criminal case against Kazakhstan’s tourists detained in Uzbekistan closed

01 августа 2011, 23:13
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The criminal case against the Kazakhstan’s tourists detained in Uzbekistan has been closed, with all the charges dismissed, Kazakhstan’s consul in Uzbekistan Babur Daurenbek told a journalist.

“What concerns penalties, the Uzbek side never broached the subject. They only told it would take 2-3 days to release the tourists. Yesterday at 11:00 we got an unexpected call, “We are sending your [tourists] back home. Come as fast as possible”. It was a pleasant surprise. Moreover, the tourists were released without any red tape hurdles.

Prosecutor general of the Bostandyk district in Tashkent oblast told me the same day that the case is considered as administrative offence. The case has been closed”, Daurenbek said.

Earlier it was reported that the four adult tourists detained in Uzbekistan for over half a month had got back home.

July 14 at 14:30 a group of Kazakhstan’s tourists comprising 9 teens and 3 adults were taken under custody by the Uzbek border control officers nearby Ugam mountain range in Uzbekistan. The tourists might have wandered off the trail and stepped on the Uzbek soil. The group failed to get back home by July 20 as was originally planned. July 25 the Uzbek officials denied detaining any Kazakh tourists. However, later the Kazakh side learnt that the group had been taken into custody July 14.

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