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Verdict Delayed For Kyrgyz Woman In Indonesian Drug Trial

Jibek Sakeeva (undated)
Jibek Sakeeva (undated)
BISHKEK -- A court in Indonesia has postponed the issuing of a verdict on drug-trafficking charges against Kyrgyz citizen Jibek Sakeeva, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sakeeva, 21, from the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad, was arrested at Bandung International Airport in October after police found a kilogram of heroin in one of the bags she was carrying.

The case first made headlines in Kyrgyzstan on April 28, after an Indonesian journalist told RFE/RL about Sakeeva's trial.

Sakeeva claims the heroin did not belong to her but to one of her friends in Africa who asked her to take it to Indonesia.

Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Sakeeva to 15 years in jail.

The verdict was expected on May 18. The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry official told RFE/RL that it was postponed until May 19 because the translator did not come to the courtroom.

Kyrgyzstan has no diplomatic mission in Indonesia, so the Kyrgyz consul in Malaysia, Azamat Kaibaliev, is attending the trial.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry's press service told RFE/RL last month that Sakeeva's case would be discussed during meetings in Jakarta on May 25-27 between Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev and Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials.

Read more in Kyrgyz here