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Death-Row Inmates Appeal To Kyrgyz President


http://gdb.rferl.org/2C4C208A-CCBC-400D-96B7-209E360899E9_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/2C4C208A-CCBC-400D-96B7-209E360899E9_mw800_mh600.jpg Prison guards in Kyrgyzstan (file photo) (AFP) March 27, 2006 -- More than 20 death-row inmates in Kyrgyzstan have written President Kurmanbek Bakiev asking for their cases to be reopened.


In an open letter published in local newspapers today, the prisoners say many death-row inmates are victims of unfair trials held under the previous regime.


The inmates say they are not seeking a blanket amnesty, but would like Bakiev to appoint a commission of judges and lawyers to re-examine their cases.


Although the death penalty remains on the books, Kyrgyzstan has observed a moratorium on executions for several years.


(ITAR-TASS)

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