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Kyrgyz Green Party Leaders Charged With Damaging President's Dignity

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev

The leaders of Kyrgyzstan's Green Party have been officially accused of damaging the "dignity and honor" of the country's president.

Police say they found a number of caricatures in Green Party offices of President Kurmanbek Bakiev on January 13.

The Prosecutor-General found the caricatures to be damaging to the president's honor and filed a lawsuit against the Green Party's leadership.

The trial was to have started today, but the judge postponed it until January 28 due to the absence of the Green Party's lawyers.

Green Party Chairman Erkin Bolokbaev told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that the lawsuit is politically motivated.