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Supporters of opposition members demand resignation of SCNS head

Supporters of the opposition members, accused of attempted seizure of power, hold a rally at the White House in Bishkek.

According to Sapar Argymbayev, Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Political Prisoners, the main demand of the protesters is the resignation of the head of the State Committee for National Security Abdil Segizbayev.

«At the meeting of the Security Council, the president said that he would consider all violations committed by law enforcement agencies and courts. If the struggle to restore lawfulness has real base and the president has the political will to resolve these issues, we ask at least dismiss the head of the SCNS. This man lowered the law and order to the bargain-basement level. In addition, we demand him to be prosecuted under the law,» said Sapar Argymbayev.

Earlier, supporters of the opposition members held a rally at the penal colony 47, where Ernest Karybekov, Bektur Asanov and Kubanychbek Kadyrov, who went on a hunger strike to protest, are serving their sentences.

Bishkek City Court upheld the verdict of the first instance court for the members of El Unu. Dastan Sarygulov was sentenced to four years (three of them — suspended) and released in the courtroom. Ernest Karybekov was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Bektur Asanov and Kubanychbek Kadyrov — to 12 years. They were accused of attempt to seize power.