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When Mansur Maqsudi divorced the daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, Maqsudi bought himself a load of trouble — and his lawyer found himself in a bind. Maqsudi is an American of Afghan-Uzbek extraction who, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Co., formerly operated a lucrative bottling plant in Uzbekistan through his family firm, ROZ Trading Ltd. In 1991 Maqsudi married Gulnora Karimova, the Harvard-educated daughter of President Karimov of Uzbekistan, a nation that is ranked by the nonprofit Freedom House as one of the eight “Worst of the Worst” human rights offenders, alongside Sudan and North Korea.

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