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Kazakh Police Say Health Minister May Have Simulated Stroke

Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev

Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev

ASTANA -- Kazakhstan's financial police have said that Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev may have simulated a stroke to escape justice, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

A court in Astana refused on September 29 to issue an arrest warrant for Dosqaliev due to his medical condition. Dosqaliev, 54, was hospitalized on September 27 with a stroke after being interrogated by police.

Financial police spokesperson Murat Zhumanbay told journalists in Astana on September 30 that Dosqaliev is suspected of embezzlement and the illegal sale of real estate.

Members of the Mazhilis, the lower chamber of Kazakhstan's parliament, asked Prosecutor-General Qairat Mami on September 29 to clarify the actions of the financial police with regard to Dosqaliev.