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Kyrgyz Rights Group Says Inmates Report Torture

BAZAR-KORGON -- A Kyrgyz human rights group says inmates have been tortured in detention in the southern town of Bazar-Korgon, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Abdumalik Sharipov, deputy chairman of the Spravedlivost (Justice) human rights organization in the Jalal-Abad Oblast, told RFE/RL on April 14 that inmates in the pretrial detention center in Bazar-Korgon were recently tortured by prison guards.

Sharipov said three of the inmates have sent written complaints to his organization. He added that one of the tortured inmates, Rustam Jeenbekov, slashed his abdomen to protest his treatment.

Sharipov did not provide any details about what was allegedly done to the inmates.

Jalal-Abad Oblast Interior Ministry spokesman Taalaibek Suusunbaev told RFE/RL that the charges of torture in Bazar-Korgon's pretrial detention center are false and have nothing to do with the actual situation there.

Suusunbaev said the prison guards at the detention center tried to take a handmade knife from an inmate who had been convicted of murder. He said the prisoner refused to give up the knife and cut his abdomen with the knife before being subdued.

Suusunbaev added that the inmate received minor injures in the incident and has been treated.

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