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Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court reconsiders Azimzhan Askarov’s case

 Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court reconsiders Azimzhan Askarov’s case

Bishkek, July 11 / Kabar /. The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan has begun today to reconsider Azimzhan Askarov’s case, who is sentenced for life in prison.

Askarov was found guilty of organizing mass riots in Jalal-Abad region, inciting ethnic hatred, hostage-taking and murder of a policeman in the June 2010 events. In September 2010, the District Court sentenced him to life imprisonment, and the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic upheld the verdict on 20 December 2011.

Today’s trial is attended by representatives of various international organizations as observers: the OSCE, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, representative of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, at Human Rights Watch, International Federation for human rights, head of the diplomatic missions of the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France.

On Saturday, July 9, Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),  welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan to reconsider the case of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, and called on the Kyrgyz authorities to heed a decision of the UN Human Rights Committee calling for Askarov’s release.

 

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