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Azimzhan Askarov not intend to plead pardon from president

Imprisoned for life human rights defender, Azimzhan Askarov, is not going to write a petition for pardon. His lawyer Nurbek Toktakunov informed 24.kg news agency.

According to him, Azimzhan Askarov wants acquittal in court, since he does not consider himself as guilty. The application for pardon means confession of guilt. Azimzhan Askarov continues to insist on an objective review of his case.

The human rights activist was found guilty of organizing mass riots, inciting ethnic hatred and murder of a police officer during the June events in the south of the country in 2010.

In April 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee recommended to release Askarov and provide him with access to justice.

The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan sent the case for revision to the Chui Regional Court. It upheld life- term imprisonment for Azimzhan Askarov.