Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence
A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a close ally of the runner-up in recent presidential elections to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.
The judge at Pervomaisky court in Bishkek ruled on January 4 to find Kanatbek Isayev guilty of abusing the tender process during the building of municipal facilities while he was mayor of the town of Tokmok, between 2008 and 2010.
Isayev, who is a lawmaker with the Kyrgyzstan party, is only the latest of several members of parliament to be jailed in recent months. By virtue of his deputy status, the period of time for which he will have to serve time in prison has been commuted to eight years.
Isayev and his allies have called the charges against him politically motivated.
“Unfortunately, the justice system operates at the behest of the White House,” Isayev said, alluding to the president’s office in Bishkek.
The case against Isayev on this particular charge was initially filed in 2011, shortly after he left his post as Tokmok mayor and before he became a member of parliament.
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