Criminal case to be opened in Kazakhstan against Kazakh tourists detained in Uzbekistan

03 августа 2011, 16:26
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A criminal case will be opened against the Kazakhstan tourists detained in Uzbekistan July 14 and released only two weeks later, со reports, citing Ms. Larissa Dmitryuk, spokesperson of the Border Control Service of the Committee for National Security.

“Initiating a criminal case is a standard procedure under such circumstances. The tourists are charged with deliberately crossing the national border as part of an organized group”, Ms. Dmitryuk said.

July 14 at 14:30 a group of Kazakhstan’s tourists comprising 9 teens and 3 adults was 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.

The teens were placed in a detention facility for minors. July 14 they were released. The adult team members were released later.

The Uzbek authorities charged the Kazakh tourists with illegally crossing the border and bringing in firearms. The Kazakh side reminded that in accordance with the Vienna convention in case of foreign citizens detained abroad, a respective notification should have been sent to the country of their origin.

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