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Mass arrests: Klara Sooronkulova remanded in custody

The Bishkek City Court considered a measure of restraint against politicians and activists in the case on attempted seizure of power by force (Kempir-Abad case).

The ex-judge of the Constitutional Court of Kyrgyzstan Klara Sooronkulova was remanded in custody.

The defendant said that she was once taken out of the remand center 1 in Bishkek for investigative actions. The investigator only asked whether Klara Sooronkulova confessed her guilt.

«There is no evidence of my guilt. The investigator began to consult with the head of the investigation team on the questions to ask me. There are 40 investigators working on this case. They say that they are scheduling an examination, but what have they been doing all this time? Before that I did not support the protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir, apparently wrongly,» Klara Sooronkulova said.

The Committee for protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir was created on October 22. It includes activists, politicians and MPs. On the same day, in an interview with Kabar news agency, President Sadyr Japarov said: the authorities have information who was behind the rallies and marches on Kempir-Abad issue.

Mass arrests began on October 23. Authorities placed 26 people in jail on charges of preparing for riots.

A number of international human rights organizations such as the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), Freedom Now and others issued a statement calling for the immediate release of politicians and activists arrested in Kyrgyzstan.