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Kempir-Abad case: Measure of restraint extended for defendants

Measure of restraint for the defendants in the so-called Kempir-Abad case, held in Bishkek pre-trial detention center No. 1, was extended until December 4. The office of the Pervomaisky District Court of the capital reported.

It is noted that they will not be brought to court. The hearings are planned to be held online.

The trial will continue on October 11.

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 27 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.