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State Service for Punishment Executions permits to visit Azimzhan Askarov

Employees of the National Center for Torture Prevention finally got a permit to visit the human rights activist Azimzhan Askarov, who is serving his life sentence. The head of the center Nurdin Sulaimanov told 24.kg news agency.

According to him, the day before they received information that Azimzhan Askarov was seriously ill and the administration of Bishkek remand prison 1, where he was kept, did not allow a doctor to visit him.

«We talked with Azimzhan Askarov. He really felt bad, but received all the necessary treatment in timely manner. He does not complain about the conditions of detention or health. Our center keeps the situation under control,» Nurdin Sulaimanov said.

He added that he would not withdraw his statement from the Prosecutor General’s Office on bringing to criminal responsibility the deputy head of the remand prison 1, who did not let representatives of the center to visit Azimzhan Askarov.

«The center representatives were allowed to see the convict only after the publication in the press. The deputy chief should be punished for not knowing the rules of his work,» Nurdin Sulaimanov said.

Recall, Azimzhan Askarov was sentenced to life in prison. He is accused of inciting ethnic hatred and murder of a policeman during the 2010 June events in the south of the country.