The Uzbek Prosecutor General's Office initiated a criminal case against former Prosecutor General Rashitjon Kadirov under articles 165 (extortion), 205 (abuse of power or official authority), 210 (bribetaking) of the Criminal Code of Uzbekistan.
According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office, on February 23, Rashitjon Kadirov was detained as provided by the Article 221 (grounds for detention) of the Criminal Procedure Code of Uzbekistan.
According to this article, a person suspected of committing a crime may be detained on the basis of the following grounds when:
- he is caught when committing a crime or immediately after its commission;
- eyewitnesses, including victims, directly point to this person as having committed a crime;
- obvious traces of the committed crime are discovered on him or on his clothes, with him or in his house;
- there is information that give grounds for suspecting a person of committing a crime, and if he has attempted to escape or does not have a permanent place of residence or his identity has not been established.
Rashitjon Kadirov headed the Prosecutor General's Office in 2000-2015, after he was elected a judge of the Constitutional Court (2015-2017).
Currently, the investigation is underway.