Uzbekistan said on Sunday that it had nothing to do with the reported arrest of Uzbek journalist and film director Abdukarim Mirzaev in Turkey, Radio Free Europe reported.
Mirzaev, a 38-year-old postgraduate student at Kastamonu University in Turkey, had been arrested on unspecified charges in Istanbul on Dec. 11, news website said, citing Uzbek news reports.
The Uzbek Prosecutor-General’s Office said that it was not seeking Mizraev’s arrest as a suspect or a person of interest in any investigation.
Mizraev worked as a journalist at several radio and TV stations and has produced about 20 documentaries, Radio Free Europe said.
Turkish news site Onlinehaberci.com reported that following his arrest, Mizraev was sent to immigration office for deportation for allegedly threatening public safety. However, his lawyer took legal action to suspend the deportation procedure, Onlinehaberci.com said.
The website stated that no criminal material was found during a police search in Mizraev’s house.