Friday, September 17, 2010

Rights Activist Gets Life Sentence in Kyrgyzstan

A court in Kyrgyzstan sentenced a prominent rights activist, Azimzhan Askarov, to life imprisonment on charges of organizing inter-ethnic clashes and mass disorders.  Askarov, an Uzbek by ethnic origin, was charged with organizing clashes in June of this year that resulted in, among other things, the murder of a policeman.  Kyrgyz ombudsman, Tursunbek Akun, called the charges trumped up, and criticized the judgment as "unreasonable".

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