Iran denied detention of a Kyrgyzstani accused of espionage for more than two year
"Iran denied detention of a Kyrgyzstani accused of espionage for more than two year," the Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun stated at the press conference today, news agency "24.kg" reported.
According to him, Ulmas Mamatkhanov was arrested in May 2009 when he boarded to Bishkek flight in Mashhad's airport. "However, workers of the Kyrgyz Embassy said that Iran denied this fact until now. Iran admitted this fact only now after trip of employees of the Ombudsman Institute there," said Tursunbek Akun.
Farther of arrested Momukhan Mamatkhanov added that he managed to see his son on August 1. "It was found out that firstly he was accused of visas forgery then he was charged with espionage. However, no inventory of belongings had been conducted during his detention, all luggage was lost. It turns out that the first court, Revolutionary, gave him an acquittal, but the second, Supreme Court, sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment. The court was conducted without his participation, without hearing witnesses' testimony while prosecutor and judge advocate in him in one person," he noted.
Momukhan Mamatkhanov emphasized that his son cannot receive a copy of his verdict up till now. "They say in Mashhad he should apply to Tehran but there said to apply to Mashhad. It is triangular logjam. My son repaired mobile phones and traveled to Iran for spares. Is it espionage?"
Tursunbek Akun concluded it is impossible to seek for extradition of the convicted Kyrgyzstani from Iran. "We don't have adequate agreement with this country. In spite of such agreements with Russia and Kazakhstan there are 28 Kyrgyzstanis in prisons of Kazakhstan and over 400 - in Russian prisons," said human right advocate.