Sakal’s verdict remains unchanged
During the trial, the thief in law stated that he was not going to claim the supreme criminal title and had no idea what it meant.
The court decision regarding Kyrgyz thief in law Ulan Toktosunov, known as Sakal, remained unchanged, local press wrote. After Sakal was sentenced to 17 years in a high-security prison, his lawyers appealed the decision to the Bishkek city court.
On December 22, 2016 Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek found the thief guilty of complicity in the murder of Damir Saparbekov (Danke) from the gang of Kamchy Kolbayev (Kolya Kirgiz) and sentenced him to a 17-year imprisonment.
Danke, one of Kolbayev's cronies, was shot near his house in Kyrgyz capital in April 2015. Then the operatives were quick to detain one of the killers, Adilet Kazakov aged 25. He was jailed for 14 years and is currently serving the term. Another suspect Kairat Tokushev is still on the run.
The thief in law was declared wanted in May 2015. In December the same year, he arrived in Kyrgyzstan and turned himself in. According to some reports, the thief intended to take the place of his rival from Kolya Kirgiz’s gang while he was out of the region, and get into SIZO-1 (detention center): a place that secretly controls all the local prisons. However, the court sent him to SIZO-24 in the south of the republic. Although, Sakal made it clear at a court hearing that he was not going to claim the supreme criminal title. He assured that he had no idea what it meant adding that he was "not a king to be crowned."