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President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file) (RFE/RL)
June 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan has abolished the death penalty, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.
President Kurmanbek Bakiev today signed into law changes to the Criminal Code that abolish capital punishment.
The maximum penalty is now life imprisonment.
Kyrgyz authorities had extended a moratorium on executions each year since 1998.
Turkmenistan abolished the death penalty outright in 1999, while a moratorium on executions is in place in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.