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Journalist Sapanov sentenced to 4 years in reinforced regime colony

The day before, judge of Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek, Marat Sydykov, sentenced the journalist Zulpukar Sapanov to 4 years to be served in a colony with reinforced regime. He was taken into custody right in the courtroom.

The journalist was convicted of inciting inter-religious strife under Article 299 of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic because of the book Kyrgyz Sanzhyrasy, published under his authorship in August 2016. It says that the Kyrgyz initially are not the Muslims. The author argues whether the Kyrgyz are imposed another’s religion.

The lawyer of the convict Akhmat Alagushev said that he would appeal the verdict.