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Kyrgyz Court Clears Former Opposition Leader

5 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court today acquitted a former opposition leader of the third and final criminal charge brought against him by the government of former President Askar Akaev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

The court acquitted Topchubek Turgunaliev of an alleged assassination attempt against Akaev. Supreme Court Judge Tursun Alymbekov read out the court's decision on the acquittal of Turgunaliev and five other people:

"There was not any [evidence] in the activities of the sentenced people in terms of those articles," Alymbekov said. "That is why they are to be acquitted and the criminal case is to be closed. The request of the acting Prosecutor-General [Azimbek] Beknazarov [on acquittal] is to be complied with. The decision is final, and it cannot be appealed."

On 4 August, the court cleared Turgunaliev of embezzlement and distributing anti-government literature.

He has always said that the charges that brought him to jail were politically motivated.

Turgunaliev's last release from jail was in August 2001. Since then, he has been campaigning to clear his name.


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Kyrgyz Opposition Figure Freed -- Was It Clemency Or Pressure?

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