Otakhon Latifi

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Person.png Otakhon Latifi  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, politician)
BornОтахон Латифӣ
18 March 1936
Died22 September 1998 (Age 62)
Victim ofassassination
Peace making politician. Assassinated in 1998


On August 4, 1994, Latifi was badly beaten outside his Moscow apartment, and key documents relating to the peace process were stolen.

On his return to Tajikistan in September 1997, Latifi chaired the panel for legal issues under the National Reconciliation Commission, a role which he continued until his death.


On September 22, 1998, at around 8am, Latifi was shot at point blank range outside his apartment in Dushanbe.[1]

His assassination sparked condemnation from both the government and opposition, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the non-government organization Human Rights Watch. His death was also mentioned in Time Magazine.

In January 1998, Ravshan Gafurov was captured by police, and promptly confessed to the assassination. Gafurov was later killed by police after attempting to escape custody. In June 2000 Abdullo Tursunov was tried and found guilty.

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  1. "Opposition Chief Dies in Tajikistan". www.apnewsarchive.com.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").

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