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Moscow court overrules expulsion order of Uzbek journalist

...[A]n expulsion order against Journalist Khudoberdi Nurmatov was overturned, opening the way for him to leave the immigration detention facility where he has been held since August 2017...The European Court of Human Rights issued a temporary injunction on August 4, 2017, barring Nurmatov’s transfer to Uzbekistan, which he had fled in 2008. He told Novaya Gazeta he fled because he was detained and beaten by the Uzbek security services. He sought asylum in Russia, but the authorities twice rejected his request for temporary protection...In January, the Russian Supreme Court sent the case dealing with the first expulsion order back to the Moscow City Court for retrial. Last week, the latter overturned the initial decision, ruling that Nurmatov can leave Russia for a third country. Now, with the second expulsion order out of the way, Nurmatov can apply for permission to leave the detention center. Previous requests were rejected, but Nurmatov’s lawyer hopes the court rulings will now lead to a positive result.

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