Bishkek. Lawyers of former vice-president, and leader of the 'Arnamys' (Dignity) Party, Feliks Kulov, appealed to the Kyrgyz High Court to overturn the Bishkek city court verdict on Kulov, passed in October. Emil Aliev, the chief of the party's headquarters, told RFE/RL today that if the High Court would uphold the verdict then the lawyers will appeal to the Constitutional Court.
The party leadership made a statement that says the court system in Kyrgyzstan is under dictation of the executive power which is oppressing the rights of citizens. The opposition and human rights activists consider the verdict against Kulov as politically motivated.
The Bishkek City Court upheld on October 11, 2002, the ruling against former Vice President of Kyrgyzstan Feliks Kulov, cutting only one third of Kulov's term in accordance with the law on amnesty. A Bishkek district court sentenced Kulov on May 8, 2002, to 10 years in prison, convicting him of embezzlement in 1993-1997, when he was governor of the Chui Province. Kulov was already serving time in jail, having been convicted on a different charge. The Bishkek City military court sentenced him on 22 January 2001 to seven years in prison, convicting him of power abuse when he was the Minister of National Security in 1997-1998.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Fred Woelfel in Prague