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Kyrgyzstan: Trial Set to Begin Against Kyrgyz Journalist

By Narenbek Idinov

Prague, 19 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A new trial against opposition Kyrgyz journalist Yrysbek Omurzakov opened in Bishkek today.

Our RFE/RL correspondent in Bishkek reports Yrysbek Omurzakov, a journalist with the opposition Res Publica weekly, is accused of insulting a factory director, Mikhail Paryshkura in an article published in January.

Omurzakov, who has been in police custody since March 24, was given a two-year suspended sentence last year after being found guilty of insulting President Askar Akayev. The case prompted international indignation with Amnesty International calling Omurzakov a prisoner of conscience.