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Rights Group Seeks German Probe of Uzbek Minister


A top human-rights group is urging Germany to investigate Uzbekistan's interior minister for alleged crimes against humanity.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there is enough evidence against Zokirjon Almatov for German prosecutors to request an international arrest warrant for him.

Mr. Almatov traveled to Germany last month for medical treatment. The New York-based group says he may have since left the country, but that should not prevent German authorities from taking action against him.

Human Rights Watch filed suit against Mr. Almatov last week on behalf of those who survived a deadly government crackdown earlier this year in the Uzbek town of Andijan.

Jailed militants seized a prison in Andijan in May and freed 23 businessmen facing trial as alleged Islamic extremists. Human Rights Watch says troops opened fire on protesters who gathered to support the prison uprising and killed hundreds of civilians.

German law allows prosecution of cases of torture and crimes against humanity regardless of where they take place.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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