|Azimjon Askarov at the trial; photo: frontlinedefenders.org|
Jailed ethnic Uzbek activist admitted to Kyrgyz capital’s prison hospital
Uznews.net – Azimjon Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek activist from southern Kyrgyzstan who has been sentenced to life, was moved from Jalalabad Region to Bishkek this morning, where he will be placed in a prison hospital.
The Bishkek-based Kylym Shamy NGO said Askarov was taken to Bishkek’s prison hospital No 47, where he is expected to be operated because of the sharp deterioration of his health.
Kylym Shamy Director Aziza Abdirasulova said due to stomach problems Askarov’s body had been refusing to digest food, as he had not been eating over the past 17 days.
Doctors say that he may die if his health condition is not improved within the next few hours. A human rights activist who saw Askarov several days ago said that he looked very worn-out.
Askarov was sentenced to life on 15 September on the charges of organising riots in Jalalabad Region and killing a police officer. His sentence was upheld by a higher court two days ago.
Abdirasulova said her NGO would try to organise a meeting with Askarov and help him restore his health. She linked the deterioration of his health to prison conditions.