Uzbek Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Kyrgyzstan
Uzbek human rights activist Azimjon Askarov has been sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property at a court in the Nooken district of Jalal-Abad province in Kyrgyzstan today, the independent Central Asian news site ferghana.ru reported.
Commenting on the microblog site Twitter about Askarov's life sentence, Sardar Bagishbekov, a human rights activist and head of the Voice of Freedom website in Kyrgyzstan said, "the judge in the case of Askarov and 7 others was simply morally unprepared to objectively review the case, I saw this in everything about the trial in Nooken."
Judge Nurgazy Alimbayev pronounced Askarov guilty on charges of complicity to commit homicide and murder of a police officer (two separate counts related to the same incident), possession of ammunition and extremist literature, and attempted kidnapping, reported ferghana.ru. Local and international human rights activists denied the charges, saying Askarov had been singled out for retaliation.
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