Speculation is rife that he has sought temporary exile in Turkey in a bid to escape prosecution, with observers saying it could mark the end of his checkered political career in Afghanistan.
But a spokesman for Dostum, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, insisted that he would return after visiting Turkey for "medical checkups and to visit his family".
Dostum is accused of abducting rival Ahmad Ishchi last year during a game of Buzkashi -- a type of polo played with an animal carcass -- in northern Jowzjan province.
Dostum, 63, allegedly kept Ishchi hostage in his private compound for five days, where he was said to be tortured and sodomised, an accusation that Dostum has denied.
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