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Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

Demonstrators at a rally to protest the sentencing of opposition politician Sadyr Japarov on August 2. (Photo: Danil Usmanov)

Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August 2, sentencing multiple opposition figures to lengthy terms in prison.

A judge in Pervomaisky district court in Bishkek sentenced former member of parliament Sadyr Japarov to 11-and-a-half years in a high-security prison at the end of a trial that saw prosecutors advance accusations the defendant fomented unrest in the town of Karakol in 2013. In the end, however, Japarov was only found guilty on only one count — organizing the kidnapping of Issyk-Kul governor Emil Kaptagayev and subsequently using him as a hostage during a standoff with the authorities.

The alleged victim, Kaptagayev has in turn, for the duration of the trial, denied having any recriminations against Japarov and criticized the proceedings. Hours after the verdict was passed, Kaptagayev posted a Facebook status update to say: “Fairness in the justice system has died.”

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Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

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