On September 15, 2010, the Nooken District Court in Kyrgyzstan issued the first convictions in connection with the June 2010 ethnic violence, handing down prison terms for eight ethnic Uzbeks. The case stemmed from the murder of a Kyrgyz police officer during the violence, which resulted in the deaths of 309 people, with an additional 2,000 were reportedly injured. Judge Nurgazy Alymkulov sentenced five to life terms on charges of murder, fomenting ethnic hatred, instigating violence and organizing public unrest. Two others were sentenced to 20 years in prison, and the last was sentenced to nine. Among those given life sentences was prominent Uzbek human rights activist Azimjan Askarov.
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