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Kazakh Border Guard Accused Of Rape

BISHKEK -- An investigation has been launched into the alleged rape of a Kyrgyz woman by a Kazakh border guard last week, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry informed journalists today that a videotape made in the Kazakh border guards' office at the Zhaisan checkpoint while the Kyrgyz woman was alone with the Kazakh guard has been retrieved and is being used as evidence.

The incident is said to have taken place on September 17 when Kazakh border guards were checking passengers on the Bishkek-Moscow train at the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border.

The young woman was taken to the office by a Kazakh guard. She returned in tears to her compartment, saying she had been raped.

Passengers blocked the tracks for five hours demanding the arrest of the officer in question. The suspect is currently being held at a local detention center.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Kazakhstan was monitoring the investigation.