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Ethnic Uzbeks Jailed In South Kyrgyzstan Over June Killings

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Five ethnic Uzbeks have been jailed for the murder of two Kyrgyz men during ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan in mid-June, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

A court in Osh has found the five guilty of killing Askar Turusbekov, 33, and Saparbek Ermekbaev on June 13 near the city's Jaima market. One of the defendants was sentenced to life imprisonment. The others received prison terms of between four and 25 years.

An RFE/RL correspondent reports from the courtroom that the victims' relatives said the verdicts were too mild and they will appeal them in the Osh Oblast Court.

The bodies of Turusbekov and Ermekbaev were thrown into a local river and retrieved in Uzbekistan's Andijon Oblast on June 19.

Read in Kyrgyz here.