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Kyrgyz Commission Finds Shortcomings In Kulov Trial

Bishkek, 14 October 2004 -- The Kyrgyz parliamentary commission investigating the legal case that sent opposition leader Feliks Kulov to jail says it has found shortcomings in the trial.

Azimbek Beknazarov, the chairman of the commission, told RFE/RL today that the committee found that a clause in the Criminal Code was misused when the court issued its verdict on the case.

Beknazarov said that while the commission's findings cannot force the court to change the verdict, Kulov's legal team could use the findings for a possible appeal.

"Feliks Kulov, who was found guilty and is currently serving his prison term, has an opportunity to use this decree [the commission's findings] on the shortcomings in his trial when and if he decides to appeal to an international court or to re-appeal to the Kyrgyz authorities -- if there is a new government," Beknazarov said.

In the 1990s, Feliks Kulov held several high-level posts in the government, but was convicted of abuse of office shortly after he formed an opposition party.

(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and staff reports)