Uzbek Foreign Ministry summons Turkish envoy over death of Kadirova

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Süreyya Er to inquire about the ongoing investigation regarding the death of Nadira Kadirova. The Uzbek woman was working in the house of a Turkish deputy from the ruling AKP when she allegedly committed suicide.

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The Uzbek Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador over the death of Nadira Kadirova, an Uzbek national who was working as a maid in the house of a Turkish deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). 

Turkey’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, Mehmet Süreyya Er, met with Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Dilshod Akhatov on Nov. 8 at the ministry building in Tashkent, according to a statement released on the website.

The ministry statement said Er was summoned to give an account of the death of Kadirova, adding the ambassador had told Akhatov that Turkey was currently conducting a comprehensive investigation regarding the incident.  

“The Turkish ambassador has reassured us that the investigation would be conducted objectively,” the statement said further.

Kadirova, 23, was working as a maid in the house of AKP deputy Şirin Ünal in the Turkish capital Ankara. 

Kadirova lost her life on Sept. 23 as a result of a gunshot fired from a weapon registered to Ünal. Turkish officials later declared that Kadirova had committed suicide.

Meanwhile, a deputy from Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), addressed a parliamentary question to Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül, asking him if the case could be prematurely closed for political reasons.

“In the case of fatalities involving politicians’ names, it is usually the case that case files are covered up. … Is there a possibility that the case could be closed for the protection of AKP deputy Ünal and his family?” asked the question filed by HDP deputy Meral Danış Beştaş.