BISHKEK -- Kazakh prosecutors have asked a court in Almaty to convict former Kyrgyz lawmaker Damirbek Asylbek-Uulu of smuggling and sentence him to 13 years in prison.
At a hearing on April 3, prosecutors also called for a 15-year prison sentence for defendant Esbol Zhappasov, a Kazakh citizen, and prison terms ranging from seven to 12 years for 10 other defendants in the high-profile case.
Asylbek-Uulu was detained in Kazakhstan in February 2018 along with dozens of suspects including two other Kyrgyz nationals.
He was charged with creating a transnational criminal group and smuggling illegal goods from China to Kazakhstan and Russia -- charges his lawyer, Asqar Baimuratov, contends were fabricated.
Asylbek-Uulu and the 11 other defendants went on trial on October 19.
Kazakh Prosecutors Seek 13-Year Prison Sentence For Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker