Mirziyoyev denounces Uzbekistan's prosecutors


TASHKENT -- Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Wednesday (August 2) denounced the country's prosecutors for corruption and arrogance and promised to fire those who do not rectify their own behaviour, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Uzbek service reported Friday (August 4).

RFE/RL obtained an audio recording of Mirziyoyev's remarks during a video conference of government officials. In his remarks, he called prosecutors the country's "biggest thieves" and said he was willing to fire those prosecutors who had survived a recent "purge" of their ranks.

"We've appointed a new general prosecutor ... and replaced 80% of General Prosecutor's Office personnel," he said. "We will cleanse the Prosecutor's Office of [corrupt] people."

"Look at their homes and at the cars they drive," he said of corrupt prosecutors. "What'd they do, acquire a nuclear reactor?"

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