Tajik IS terror group recruiter reportedly ‘goes missing’ from Syrian prison
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Parviz Saidrahmonov, 33, hasn’t been seen in the prison in the Syrian town of Afrin for more than a month, according to one Tajik woman, who said she shared a cell with Saidrahmonov’s wife, who was also being held in the same prison.
The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Saidrahmonov had previously been allowed to meet his wife twice a month.
“There are rumors here that Saidrahmonov has escaped from the jail, but I don’t know for sure,” the woman told RFE/RL by phone on June 15.
The woman is being held in custody along with other people with alleged links to Islamic State militants,
Another Tajik woman, who lives at the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria, told RFE/RL that Saidrahmonov called her “out of the blue” in early June, asking after one of his family members.
“He refused to tell me where he was and just said that everything was fine,” the woman said on June 15.
RFE/RL could not independently verify the claims.
Saidrahmonov, also known as Abu Daoud, was among several key Islamic State figures from Tajikistan that Dushanbe wants extradited from Syria and Iraq.
He’s been linked to several attacks and terrorist plots in several countries, including the 2017 truck attack in Sweden that killed five people.
A law enforcement official in Dushanbe said Tajik authorities are aware of the claims about Saidrahmonov’s alleged disappearance from the Afrin prison, which currently is controlled by the Turkish forces.
According to the official, Tajik authorities have formally asked the prison officials for information but haven’t yet received any response. The official spoke in condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak to media.
Recall, the Prosecutor-General’s Office said in January that authorities “have established” that Parviz Saidrahmonov and Tojiddin Nazarov are currently being held at “prisons in Syria and Iraq” after being captured by Kurdish forces.
“We are completing paperwork to repatriate Saidrahmonov…and we hope he will be brought back to Tajikistan in the coming days,” Muzaffar Yusufi, a representative of the Prosecutor-General’s Office, told reporters in Dushanbe on January 28.
Swedish investigators said Saidrahmonov was accomplice of Uzbek national Rahmat Akilov, who committed a vehicle ramming attack in Stockholm in April 2017, killing five people and injuring 10 others. Akilov was jailed for life for terrorist crimes in June 2018.
Parviz Saidrahmonov – who is also known as Abu Daoud — was one of the first Central Asians to join the IS terror in 2014 and undertake its online propaganda work as a zealous recruiter. The 33-year-old Saidrahmonov appeared in a November 2019 Turkish television report about IS fighters arrested in Afrin in northern Syria.
Source: Asia Plus