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Kyrgyz Prosecutor Rejects Motion To Retry Jailed Opposition Leader

Ata-Meken leader Omurbek Tekebaev appears in court during his trial in August 2017.

BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office has rejected a request for a retrial of opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev, who was sentenced in 2017 to eight years in prison on corruption charges that he denies.

Tekebaev's lawyer, Taalaikul Toktakunova, told RFE/RL on June 12 that the Prosecutor-General's Office said it saw no grounds for a new trial.

Attorneys representing Tekebaev said earlier that they found discrepancies in the case materials justified a retrial.

Tekebaev and his co-defendant, former Emergency Situations Minister Duishonkul Chotonov, were convicted of bribe-taking and sentenced to eight years in prison each in August 2017.

Both denied any wrongdoing.

Tekebaev is the leader of the opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party, which said the trial was a politically motivated effort to keep him out of the Central Asian country's October 2017 presidential election.