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In Sweden, man gets 18 years in jail for murder attempt of outspoken critic of Uzbek regime

A Swedish court has sentenced an Uzbekistan national to 18 years in jail after finding him guilty of the 2012 attempted murder of an imam who was critical of the Uzbek regime.

The Ostersund District Court says Yuri Yukovsky should be expelled after serving his time in Sweden.

The court didn't identify anyone for ordering the murder Tuesday but said technical evidence showed the 37-year-old man "acted on behalf of someone in Russia."

Yukovsky was extradited to Sweden in August from Moscow on an international arrest warrant.

Nazarov had been criticizing the Uzbek regime, and got asylum in Sweden in 2006. In 2012, he was shot in the head in Stromsund, a northern Swedish town, in an attack described as politically motivated. Nazarov now suffers from brain damage.