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Ethnic Uzbeks Jailed For Rape, Murder Of Kyrgyz Family


OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Six ethnic Uzbeks have been jailed for murder and rape during ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan in June, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The defendants were found guilty of killing a Kyrgyz woman and her 10-year-old son, and of the rape and murder of her 15-year-old daughter in the Sheiyt-Dobo suburb of Osh on June 12.

One of the defendants, Dildar Saliev, was sentenced to life in prison, and the only woman in the group, Fatima Abaralieva, was sentenced to 15 years.

The court also ordered their property be confiscated.

The other four defendants were given jail terms of three and four years.

The trial started on November 10.

The violent clashes between local Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan's southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad left some 400 people dead and hundreds wounded.

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