Thursday, February 11, 2016


Kyrgyzstan Abolishes Death Penalty

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="" rel="ibox" title="President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file) (RFE/RL)"> <img alt="President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file) (RFE/RL)" src="" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file) (RFE/RL)</p></div>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.

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