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Mavlyan Askarbekov found guilty, but exempted from 50,000 soms fine

The Bishkek City Court passed judgement on the appeal against the verdict of the Pervomaisky District Court on the criminal case against the civil activist Mavlyan Askarbekov. He was accused of public calls for the forcible seizure of power.

Mavlyan Askarbekov was found guilty. However, the City Court recalled the district court’s decision to pay a fine of 50,000 soms and a written undertaking not to leave the city.

«In theory, this decision only exacerbated my situation. Otherwise, I would pay the fine and the conviction would be removed. And it turns out that I have a criminal record,» Mavlyan Askarbekov commented on the verdict of the City Court.

How can I agree that it is my fault if I did not call on anyone to seize power?

Mavlyan Askarbekov

He intends to appeal against the decision of the Bishkek City Court to the Supreme Court.