Two Tajik Officers Fired for Extortion, Blackmailing a Foreign Citizen

The Civil Society Coalition against Torture and Impunity on Monday said two Tajik police officers were fired after being found guilty of extortion and blackmailing a Finland citizen in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital city.

The two officers – the head of the public order department of the capital’s Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Somoni district and the district inspector were fired following a complaint lodged by the Finland citizen, the coalition added.

The foreigner, who was a student in Medical University, was faced with ill-treatment by these policemen in Dushanbe, and also took his money by force.

“The victim filed a complaint on November 17, 2021, and approached the coalition for legal assistance,” the coalition added.

The officers broke into his rented apartment without any reason and began to film the Finland citizen himself and the girl who was visiting him, the coalition said, adding, the officers started threatening them to post the video on social media.

The policemen hit the visiting girl several times, according to the coalition, which said the Finland citizen stood up to protect her, but the officers demanded one thousand dollars from him.

At the end, the Finland student was given $300 dollars and 1,880 Somoni (Tajik Currency), but the next morning he turned to the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Dushanbe with a complaint about the illegal actions.

According to the coalition, the ministry launched an investigation as a result both the officers were fired from their positions. They were charged for humiliating the dignity of a foreign citizen, the coalition added.

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