(Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) – A court in Bishkek has sentenced Kyrgyz opposition politician Kanatbek Isaev to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.
The Birinchi Mai district court announced its ruling shortly before midnight on January 4 after finding Isaev guilty of illegally giving away state land to construction firms when he was mayor of the northern city of Tokmok from 2008 to 2010.
Isaev's two co-defendants were sentenced to 10 years in prison each.
Isaev rejected the charges, calling them politically motivated. His lawyers said the court ruling will be appealed.