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Three Kyrgyz Opposition Lawmakers Lose Parliamentary Seats

Kyrgyz opposition politicians Kamchybek Tashiev, Sadyr Japarov and Talant Mamytov
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission (BSK) has withdrawn the parliamentary mandates of three leaders of the opposition Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party.

The BSK's representative, Rashid Bekbasarov, told journalists that the decision on August 20 to strip them of their seats in parliament went into effect immediately.

This month, Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court reversed the acquittals of Kamchybek Tashiev, Sadyr Japarov, and Talant Mamytov, and found them guilty of attempting to overthrow the government.

The court ruled that the three men will not have to return to prison.

They had been convicted in March on the charges and sentenced to prison terms of between one year and 18 months.

In June, the three lawmakers were acquitted shortly after their supporters assaulted the judges during a court session.

The Bishkek city prosecutor appealed their acquittal.

They were arrested in October for their role in violent antigovernment protests in Bishkek.