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Kyrgyz Prosecutor Seeks Long Jail Terms For Former Officials

Iskhak Masaliev
Iskhak Masaliev
The prosecutor at the trial of two former Kyrgyz officials charged with organizing mass disorder in two southern cities and attempting to seize power last year have asked the court to sentence them to long jail terms, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The prosecutor is seeking 14 years in jail for former parliament deputy and Communist Party leader Iskhak Masaliev and 18 years for former presidential administration head Usen Sadykov.

The two men, who went on trial on December 10, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On May 12-13, groups allegedly associated with former President Kurmanbek Bakiev briefly occupied government buildings in Jalal-Abad and Osh. Investigators say Masaliev and Usenov were among the organizers of the action.

Purported mobile phone conversations between the two allegedly discussing the incident were made public last year.

The incident was followed by unrest in Jalal-Abad the following week in which at least two people died. In June, more than 400 people were killed in interethnic clashes in the Jalal-Abad and Osh regions.

Bakiev was ousted in April as a result of large-scale antigovernment protests in Bishkek during which more than 80 people died and hundreds were wounded in clashes between protesters and security forces.

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