Tajik leader ‘poisoned’ before shot dead in Istanbul
A forensic report released Wednesday said Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in March. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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The Istanbul-based Council of Forensic Medicine said in its report, which was also sent to Istanbul’s prosecutor's office, that the drug clozapine was traced in Kuvatov's blood.
Although the dose was not determined to be lethal, forensic experts believe the drug, which is normally used to treat schizophrenia, had been given to Kuvatov with the aim of poisoning him.
Kuvatov belonged to Tajikistan’s Group 24 opposition movement. His wife Kumrinisso blamed the Tajikistan regime for Kuvatov’s death.
The Supreme Court of Tajikistan has labeled Group 24 an "extremist" organization and banned its activities in October 2014 after the opposition group called for anti-government protests.
Tajikistan's chief prosecutor’s office claims the Group 24's objective is to seize power in an unconstitutional way, a charge the movement said was "politically motivated."
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