BISHKEK/ BATKEN. The Batken regional court today upheld the previous verdict on the former militant of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Sheraly Akbotoev, 41 years old man with Islamic education background. He asked the court to omit some clauses, including accusation for terrorism and hostage taking. Akbotoyev reminded the court that he was sent by the authorities to the IMU's militant group in August 1999 in order to contribute to release some local hostages from the fundamentalist militants.
Akbotoyev was detained by the law-enforcement bodies in May 2002. However, he told the court today that he voluntarily surrendered to the authorities after about six months following the collapse of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Akbotoyev's lawyer said that he will appeal to Kyrgyzstan's High Court over the court verdict which he says as unjust.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev