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Suspect in shooting of outspoken critic of Uzbek regime extradited to Sweden

A Swedish prosecutor says an Uzbekistan national suspected of the 2012 attempted murder of an imam who was critical of the Uzbek regime has been extradited to the Scandinavian country.

Prosecutor Krister Petersson says the man was arrested in Moscow in January on an international arrest warrant.

Petersson said Wednesday that the suspect, who wasn't named in line with Swedish privacy rules, arrived Tuesday evening in Sweden.

The imam, Obid-kori Nazarov — also known as Obidkhon Sobitkhon — had been criticizing the Uzbek regime, and got asylum in Sweden in 2006 after fleeing his native country in 1998. In 2012, he was shot in the head in Stromsund, a northern Swedish town, in an attack described as politically motivated.

Petersson says Nazarov survived the shooting but suffers from brain damage.