In 2005 Karimov ordered a mass killing in the city of Andijan after 23 businessmen, held in prison and awaiting a verdict, were freed by their supporters, who then held an open meeting in the town square.
An estimated 10,000 people gathered, expecting government officials to come and listen to their grievances. Instead, Karimov sent the army, which massacred hundreds of men, women and children. A 2003 law made Karimov and all members of his family immune from prosecution forever.
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