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Jailed Kazakh Opposition Activist Denied Early Release

Kazakh opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov is arrested in Aqtobe in July 2010.
AQTOBE, Kazakhstan -- A court in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe has denied release on parole to opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov, saying that "he still considers himself not guilty" and had broken rules at the prison camp.

That is the second denial to Sadyqov's request to early release since October 2011.

Two earlier requests by Sadyqov, in February and August 2011, for transfer to a lower-security correctional institution were similarly rejected.

Sadyqov was found guilty in July 2010 of hooliganism and resisting police and sentenced to two years in jail.

Sadyqov pleaded not guilty and insists his case is politically motivated.