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Authorities carry out “anti-terror raid” at the home of a 76-year-old Christian woman suffering from Parkinson
ICC Note:
It has been discovered that the 76-year-old woman who was victim of a raid at the hands of authorities in Uzbekistan also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She lives alone and has difficulty walking. When she didn’t answer the door when authorities arrived to raid her home, they broke in through her window. She has been charged with the illegal possession of religious material. Authorities claim this was an “anti-terror cleaning.”
06/13/2013 Uzbekistan (AsiaNews)- Uzbek police raided the flat of a 76-year old Protestant woman who was charged with illegal possession of Christian books. For her crime, she was given a fine worth ten times the country’s minimum wage.
Naziya Ziyatdinova lives alone in her home in Guliston, a town some distance from Tashkent. She has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for some time and has difficulty walking.
A few weeks ago, National Security Service officers and members of Uzbekistan’s secret police raided her home. During the operation, they broke a window and destroyed some Christian books.
In justifying their action, the authorities described the 11 am raid as “anti-terror cleaning”.
Days after the raid, an Uzbek court imposed a 795,900 soms (US$ 380) fine on Naziya Zivatdinova.
The Protestant community has come to the defence of the woman, describing the behaviour of the agents as “criminal”, and called on the authorities to shed light on the matter.
At present, Naziya receives a pension of 120,000 soms (US$ 58). If she had to pay the fine she would have to go without money for seven months.

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