Zamira Sydykova: update


Date: Wed, 06 Aug 97 11:29:22 -0500
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Zamira Sydykova: update

On 5 August 1997 the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan acquitted Zamira Sydykova,
chief editor of the oppositional Res Publica weekly, after she had spent 2,5
months in custody on charges of defaming and insulting Dastan Sarygulov,
manager of the state-owned gold mining company. Her co-defendant, Aleksandr
Alyantchikov, received a reduced suspended term of 12 months (as compared to
18 months given by the Bishkek City court on 10 June 1997). The Supreme
Court confirmed  the earlier verdict only in one point: Sydykova was found
guilty in libelling Sarygulov in her article written in 1993 (then Sarygulov
being the governor of the Talas Oblast had chosen to be silent). The Court
decided that Sydykova who had been given 18 months in 1995 thus served her
sentence.

We thank once more all our colleagues throughout the world for their
response and contribution to the campaign of Sydykova's release. 
     
Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law
                
Bishkek, 5 August 1997
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