A British public relations firm released images on Tuesday showing Gulnara Karimova, the flamboyant eldest daughter of President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, under house arrest.
As my colleague Andrew Kramer reported last year, Ms. Karimova apparently fell out of favor with her father during a family feud against the backdrop of a succession struggle. Mr. Karimov, 76, has led one of the world’s most repressive governments since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. His daughter was once considered a possible successor.
The undated photographs, which showed the 42-year-old Ms. Karimova surrounded by guards, were sent to reporters by Locksley Ryan, a founder of the London communications firm Davidson Ryan Dore, who said in an email to reporters that his client had been held for more than seven months “for purely political reasons.”Mr. Ryan added that, after Ms. Karimova was charged last week for alleged ties to organized crime by Uzbekistan’s prosecutor-general, she was now “directly appealing to the international community to uphold the rule of law and request that her fate be determined by independent courts and not by individuals battling for political gain.”