BISHKEK. Several plaintiffs of the Aksy district appealed to Kyrgyz parliament and the Prosecutor General's office, criticizing the procedural shortcomings of the Osh military court hearing against the former Jalal-Abad region officials, allegedly involved in the Aksy shooting last spring. According to a lawyer of the plaintiffs, Sartbai Jaichybekov, they complained that they and their lawyer did not have an opportunity to study the court materials. Some of the plaintiffs did not have means to go to the town of Maily-Suu. They were demanding to hold the court hearing in the Aksy district center, the town of Kerben, instead of Maily-Suu. The plaintiffs are demanding to bring to justice another official, a deputy prosecutor of the Jalal-Abad region, Diushen Momunov. They believe that he was one of the officials responsible for ordering the shooting.
On Dec 28, 2002, the Osh military court handed down verdicts in the trial of several former officials involved with the death of the protesters in the Aksy district of the Jalal-Abad region on March 17-18, 2002. At least five people were killed when police fired on a crowd of protesters who were demonstrating in support of the then jailed politician, MP Azimbek Beknazarov. He was freed from jail on March 19, 2002.
The Osh city military court found the former prosecutor of the Jalal-Abad region, Zootbek Kudaibergenov, and the former head of the region's police, Kubanychbek Tokobayev, guilty of exceeding their authority (according to the clause 305 of the Criminal code) and sentenced both of them to three years in jail. Former deputy head of the Jalal-Abad regional police Abdimital Kalbayev and former prosecutor of the Aksy district Abdykalyk Kaldarov, were each sentenced to two years in jail for interfering with a public gathering (in accordance with the clause 148 of the Criminal code). The former officials are denying the charges as being politically motivated.