TAGS: Individuals at Risk, Urgent Action Network • Prisoners of Conscience, Torture • Turkmenistan •
April 14, 2011

(UA 286/09) Turkmen Environmentalist Evades Five Years’ Imprisonment


Andrei Zakota, a 53-year-old male environmentalist, was released on 6 November from a sentence of five years in prison after…

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Andrei Zakota, a 53-year-old male environmentalist, was released on 6 November from a sentence of five years in prison after he paid a fine of 1,000 Manat (about 350 USD). He was arrested on 20 October on charges of “hooliganism” and faced an unfair trial. When the regional court ruled that the city court did not take into account mitigating factors such as his environmental activity, his reputation and his cooperation, his prison sentence was commuted to a fine.