Latipzhon Mamazhanov, a Christian believer who had been arrested and jailed for 16 days in Fergana, eastern Uzbekistan, was released on 28 March.
Police illegally raided Latipzhon’s home, and those of other Christians in Fergana, on 12 March while in search of religious literature.
Latipzhon was imprisoned in the region’s Kuva District Police Detention Centre, where up to seven inmates were put in a cell designed for two people. No sanitary and hygiene rules were followed, and food was only provided once a day. Latipzhon, along with other prisoners who insisted they were innocent of crime, were also tortured several times during their incarceration.
“They can keep one Bible in their homes,” states Rustam Yegamberdiyev, head of Fergana City Criminal Police. “But if they keep more than one, then this means they are intending to gather others in their homes for illegal prayers and meetings.”