Yesterday Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek announced a verdict was to MP Omurbek Tekebayev and ex-head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Duishenkul Chotonov. The chairman of the high-profile trial Aibek Ernis uulu sentenced both to eight years imprisonment with confiscation of property and the prohibition of both holding public office for three years.
While announcing the verdict, the judge noted that the term of imprisonment of the leader of the Ata Meken party Omurbek Tekebayev and ex-Ambassador Duishenkul Chotonov will be 4.5 years. The lawyer of the defendants Isken Afidzhanov said this to Azattyk.
The judge of Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek city Aibek Ernis uulu sentenced the leader of the Ata Meken party Omurbek Tekebayev and the former Ambassador to South Korea Duishenkul Chotonov to 8 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property. In addition, upon release, defendants will not be able to hold public office for three years.
The judge explained that in accordance with the law on the 65th anniversary of the UN declaration on human rights, an amnesty was applied against the defendants. Thus, the term of imprisonment for Tekebayev and Chotonov will be reduced by one third.
It should be noted that the day of arrest with detention in the remand center is counted for two. Both defendants are in pre-trial detention center of GKNB since February 26.
Lawyers sentenced to terms of imprisonment have already stated that the verdict of the first instance will be appealed in Bishkek city court.
Omurbek Tekebayev and Duishenkul Chotonov were found guilty by the court of corruption. Their supporters declare the political component of criminal proceeding.