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Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Cleared To Run For President

Feliks Kulov (file photo) 11 April 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court has acquitted opposition leader Feliks Kulov of remaining corruption charges, clearing the way for the opposition leader to run for president in upcoming elections.

Kulov, a former vice president and security chief, spent more than four years in prison for corruption and other charges that he says were politically motivated. He was freed from jail by protesters in Bishkek on 24 March as ousted President Askar Akaev fled the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court overturned a guilty verdict against Kulov on a charge of abuse of power. Today, Judge Nizamedin Azimjanov said the court has annulled remaining charges of embezzlement.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had criticized the court for delays in overturning the charges, saying they were harming stability.

The OSCE has also complained of continuing delays by parliament to accept Akaev's resignation, which it did today, a week after he submitted it.


For more background on the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, see RFE/RL's dedicated website Revolution In Kyrgyzstan