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Bishkek, 27 January 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The chairman of Kyrgyzstan's Human Rights Commitee, Ramazan Dyryldayev, told our correspondent today that he has received a letter from the United Nations' Human Rights Commission regarding the trial of Topchubek Turgunaliev.

Turgunaliev, a prominent opposition leader, was recently convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The opposition says his trial was politically motivated.

In its letter, the U.N. commission expressed concern about the trial and asked the Kyrgyz government for full details.

President To Participate In Economic Forum

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev will travel to Switzerland this week to take part in the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Akayev's spokesman said that although Kyrgyzstan is not a member of the Forum yet, the country had been given a special invitation to attend the meeting.