A district court in the capital of Kyrgyzstan has convicted four opposition politicians on charges of attempting to violently seize power in a case that the defendants’ supporters say was politically motivated.
The longest term handed down on April 17 was reserved for Ernest Karybekov, who has been ordered to serve 20 years in jail.
A former governor of the Jalal-Abad region, Bektur Asanov, and former MP Kubanychbek Kadyrov received 12 years apiece, while Dastan Sarygulov, a former head of the state gold agency, were given a four-year jail term, of which three are conditional.
Zulfiya Marat, a member of the Committee for the Protection of Political Prisoners rights group, complained that rights activists were denied access to the verdict hearing.
“They selectively allowed in only relatives and, after insistent requests, the journalists. The rest it seems were not to their pleasing, and they left them outside under the rain,” she said.
Marat said there were no international observers present at the hearing.
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