Erkin Bulekbaev, who is also a television journalist, was arrested August 10 while he was filming a police operation at the Issykul Investbank building in Bishkek.
The opposition says the sentence is politically motivated.
The bank is at the center of a controversy over its leadership.
The bank’s director, opposition leader Bolot Baikojoev of the People's Will party, accuses the government of trying to remove him.
Opposition protests in Bishkek on April 11 (TASS)
TAKING TO THE STREETS. Edil Baisalov, president of the largest grassroots network in Kyrgyzstan, discussed the political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan at an RFE/RL briefing in Washington. He addressed the question of whether the unrest is a healthy democratic process or a bid to derail the country's fragile democratic transition.
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