BISHKEK, April 22. Liubov Ivanova, a lawyer of jailed opposition leader, former vice president and head of the "Arnamys" (Dignity) Party, Feliks Kulov, has appealed to several international human rights organizations, including the International League for Human rights, the Helsinki Commission, and Human Rights Watch, over Kulov's case, and has asked them to appeal to Kyrgyz authorities to provide the just court proceedings on him. Ivanova emphasized that all the court cases against Kulov were politically motivated.
In the next three to four weeks, Kulov's appeal will be heard by the Kyrgyz High court and then by the Constitutional court. Kulov was transferred from a temporary detention cell of the Kyrgyz National Security Service to a jail in the Sokuluk district recently.
The Bishkek City Court upheld the ruling against Feliks Kulov on October 11, last year, cutting one third of the ten year jail term in accordance with the law on amnesty.
A district court of Bishkek sentenced Kulov on May 8, last year, to 10 years imprisonment, convicting him of embezzlement in 1993-1997, when he was governor of the Chui Province. Kulov had already been serving another term when he was sentenced again. The opposition believes both trials were politically motivated.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Charles Carlson in Prague