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Kyrgyz Lawmaker Suggests Mutilations For Corrupt Civil Servants

January 18, 2007 -- A Kyrgyz lawmaker says he is preparing a Shari'a-inspired bill that will seek corporal mutilations for civil servants who embezzle public funds.

Addressing outgoing Prime Minister Feliks Kulov in parliament today, Marat Juraev said that penalties under his draft would be proportional to the amount of stolen funds -- for example, one finger chopped off for 100,000 soms ($2,500) and a hand for 1 million soms ($25,000).

Kulov, whose nomination was rejected by the legislature today, said he would not support the bill.