BISHKEK. Feliks Kulov, the jailed opposition politician, was transferred yesterday from a temporary detention cell in the National Security Service to the No 19 prison in accordance with the law. His lawyer, Lubov Ivanova, told RFE/RL today that it is unclear how many years Kulov will be serving his term, because, when the Birinchi Mai district court in Bishkek sentenced Kulov to 10 years imprisonment, it was not made clear how much time Kulov had left to serve from a previous conviction. Kulov's lawyer is considering to appeal to the Kyrgyzstan High Court to clarify the issue.
The Bishkek city court upheld the previous verdict on October 11, 2002, cutting one third of the Kulov's term in accordance with the law on amnesty.
General Kulov, the leader of the opposition "Arnamys" (Dignity) Party and the former vice-president and mayor of Bishkek, was considered one of the most powerful opponents of President Askar Akayev. The Kyrgyz opposition has been criticizing the court verdicts on Kulov as politically motivated. Some of Kulov's relatives were forced to go abroad and receive political asylum in the U.S.. Several members of his party have been complaining of persecution against them by the local authorities.
Kulov is among the opposition leaders, such as Topchubek Turgunaliev, the leader of the "Erkindik" (Freedom) Party, who strongly supported the U.S.-led military actions against the Baghdad regime.