Tajik leader 'poisoned' before shot dead

Forensic probe reveals traces of a drug to treat schizophrenia in Tajik dissident Umarali Kuvatov's system, who was shot dead in Istanbul late March.

Tajik leader 'poisoned' before shot dead

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Tajik dissident Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in Istanbul in late March, a forensic report said Wednesday.

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.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Nisan 2015, 11:05