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BISHKEK, March 7 (TCA) — The Bishkek City Court has convicted former Social Protection Minister Ravshan Sabirov of corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison with confiscation of property, media reported.

The Court ruled that Ravshan Sabirov will serve his term in a maximum-security prison. The same time, Sabirov's former deputy, Takhir Mirzakhmedov, was sentenced to three years in prison, Kabar reported.

According to RFE/RL, both were found guilty of accepting bribes in connection with arranging the adoptions of Kyrgyz children by foreign nationals.

In their first trial in November 2012, Sabirov was acquitted and Mirzakhmedov was imprisoned for six years, but the Prosecutor-General's Office appealed the court's decision.

They can appeal the decision to the Supreme Court within 10 days after the verdict.

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