Mass arrests: Detainees appeal to Ombudsman, Penitentiary Service

Members of the Committee for Protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir, kept in Bishkek remand center 1 on charges of attempt to organize mass riots in order to seize power, appealed to the Ombudsman, management of the National Center for Prevention of Torture and the Penitentiary Service.

They ask to take measures and send Gulnara Dzhurabaeva, Taalaibek Mademinov, Ilgiz Shamenov and Chingiz Kaparov for treatment. The letter also says that Klara Sooronkulova and Mambetzhunus Abylov were returned to the detention center, despite the severe operations they had previously undergone, which can be regarded as torture.

«Many doctors and hospitals, fearing pressure from the authorities, refuse to accept the defendants in the so-called Kempir-Abad case despite their illness, and they are discharged ahead of schedule, even if the treatment is not completed. In this regard, we ask independent doctors to form a commission to examine elderly women and give their opinion,» the appeal says.

The Committee for protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir was created on October 22. It includes activists, politicians and MPs. On the same day, in an interview with Kabar news agency, President Sadyr Japarov said: the authorities have information who was behind the rallies and marches on Kempir-Abad issue.

Mass arrests began on October 23. Authorities placed 27 people in jail on charges of preparing for riots. Three of them are under house arrest, 24 people are in the remand center 1.

Source: News Agency