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Kyrgyz Court Annuls One Charge Against Kulov

Feliks Kulov (file photo) 6 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court today annulled one of two criminal charges that sent prominent opposition figure Feliks Kulov to jail in 2001.

The court overturned a guilty verdict on a charge of abuse of office when Kulov was Kyrgyzstan's security chief. The court is to meet tomorrow to consider Kulov's appeal of an embezzlement conviction stemming from the period that he was mayor of Bishkek.

Kulov, who heads the Ar-Namys (Dignity) political party, has always said the charges were politically motivated.

"Of course I am pleased that the court finally examined [the case] objectively."

Kulov said previously that he would run for president if a court overturned his convictions.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan's parliament has put off a discussion on whether to accept ousted President Askar Akaev's resignation. It is the second day parliament has put off the discussion.

(with additional wire-service reporting)

[For more on recent events in Kyrgyzstan, see RFE/RL's dedicated Revolution in Kyrgyzstan webpage.]