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Kyrgyz Parliament Faction Leader Faces Assault Charges


Ata-Jurt parliamentary faction leader Kamchibek Tashiev

Ata-Jurt parliamentary faction leader Kamchibek Tashiev

BISHKEK -- The head of one of Kyrgyzstan's ruling parties is being charged with assaulting a fellow parliament deputy the same day he got into a fistfight with another lawmaker, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

A spokesman for the Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office told RFE/RL on April 12 that Bakhadyr Suleimanov filed a complaint against Ata-Jurt (Homeland) party faction leader Kamchybek Tashiev on April 1.

Suleimanov said Tashiev had beaten him.

The spokesman, Talant Konokbaev, said the Interior Ministry's investigative directorate is looking into Suleimanov's allegation. He said Suleimanov is currently being treated at a cardiology center in Bishkek.

Tashiev told several media outlets in Bishkek on April 12 that he never struck Suleimanov but that they had a heated exchange and insulted each other on April 1. He did not cite the reason for their dispute.

Also on April 1, Tashiev got into a fight with Altynbek Sulaimanov of the Respublika party of Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov after Tashiev said his party would quit the coalition government if corruption accusations against Babanov were proven.

Nearly two weeks later, Tashiev and Sulaimanov publicly apologized for their fight in parliament.

Kyrgyz authorities said security precautions after that parliamentary scuffle that 11 guns -- including an AK-47 -- had been confiscated on the premises.

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