Orazgeldyev, Nurmukhammet

NurmukhammetOrazgeldyev1Date of Birth: 1956

Citizenship: Turkmen

Residence at time of arrest: Unknown

Position when arrested: Unknown

Date of arrest: A search was announced for Nurmukhammet Orazgeldyev in November 2002. He was arrested on December 14 at a bus station in the town of Mary, dressed in women’s clothes, by an army patrolman. Uzbekistan’s Ambassador Kadyrov to Turkmenistan was accused of hiding him and Boris Shikhmuradov in the Embassy of Uzbekistan after the attack failed, from November 26 until December 7.[1]

Charges: Participation in the alleged assassination attempt on President Niyazov. His public “confession” was broadcast on December 18, 2002.[2] He was tried by the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan on January 13-15, 2003, and was convicted on the 15th of January for violating Art.14-101, part 2, paragraph “a”, “b”, “f”, “g”, “h”, “i”, “l”, 129 Part 3, Part 1 169, 2, 174 Part 2, Part 1 176 214 Part 2, Part 1 of 218, 2.3, 231 Part 4, paragraph “a”, “b”, 235 part 2, paragraph “a”, “b” 254 Part 4, paragraph “a”, “b”, 271 part 3, part 1 273 275 Part 1 and Part 3 287 of the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan.[3]

Sentence: He was given a life sentence with confiscation of property.[4]

Biography: He was born in Mary province and lived in Ashgabat. He is an entrepreneur. He is from the same village as and a friend of Redjepgeldy Nurgeldyev. He is a retired Major, a former employee of the National Security Committee,[5] the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan, and former vice-president of the football club, Nisa.

Information on treatment during imprisonment: Amnesty International received allegations that Nurmukhammet Orazgeldyev, among others, was tortured or ill-treated after having been detained in the context of the November 25 attack.[6]

Current situation: Unknown. His relatives, friends and the public have no knowledge about his fate.

Relatives arrested/harassed/detained:

  • Ilamanov, Soltan Ereshevich (See p. 46)
  • Nurgeldyev, Redzhepgeldy (See p. 48)


[1] Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. “Turkmen Report: January 2, 2003” 02.01.2003.http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1346986.html. Accessed on 18 January 2014.

[2] Decaux, Emmanuel. “OSCE Rapporteur’s Report on Turkmenistan.” OSCE, 12.3.2003. http://www.osce.org/odihr/18372

[3] Memorial. “Vragi naroda (Tyrkmenskogo) na stranitsah Ashgabatskovo Ejedelnika ‘Adolat’” Translation.04.02.2003. Accessed on 10 January 2014.

[4] Memorial. “Vragi naroda (Tyrkmenskogo) na stranitsah Ashgabatskovo Ejedelnika ‘Adolat’” Translation.04.02.2003. Accessed on 10 January 2014.

[5] Decaux, Emmanuel. “OSCE Rapporteur’s Report On Turkmenistan.” OSCE, 12.3.2003. Http://Www.Osce.Org/Odihr/18372

[6] Amnesty International. “Turkmenistan: A Summary Of Amnesty International’s Concerns (Briefing For Government Delegations At The 59th Session Of The United Nations Commission On Human Rights)” Http://Www.Amnesty.Org/En/Library/Asset/EUR61/009/2003/En/Ba44bfcd-D70c-11dd-B0cc-1f0860013475/Eur610092003en.Html. Accessed On 20 March 2014.