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Mass arrests: Klara Sooronkulova faces new charges

Former judge of the Constitutional Court of Kyrgyzstan Klara Sooronkulova, who is being kept in the Bishkek remand prison 1 on charges of attempt to organize mass riots in order to seize power, has been charged with a new count. Lawyer Chinara Dzhakupbekova announced on her Facebook page.

According to her, this is because of a repost of the publication as part of the flash mob #kamasanar baarybyzdy kamagyl, organized in defense of Mirlan Uraimov.

«The post was published almost a year ago, an expert examination was scheduled in the State Committee for National Security then, but the case was not initiated. Now they decided to find fault with publications made a year ago, not finding anything on the Kempir-Abad case,» she wrote.

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.