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Kazakh Court Refuses To Issue Warrant For Minister's Arrest

Kazakh Health Minister Zhaksylyk Doskaliev
ASTANA -- A court in Astana has refused to issue an arrest warrant for Kazakh Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev over unspecified allegations stemming from an ongoing investigation, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Astana City Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Darigha Musina told RFE/RL that the Kazakh Financial Police had formally requested a warrant to arrest Dosqaliev, who is suspected of abuse of power.

Dosqaliev was hospitalized on September 27 with a stroke after being interrogated by police officers.

Members of the Mazhilis, the lower chamber of Kazakhstan's parliament, today asked Prosecutor-General Qairat Mami to clarify the actions of the Financial Police with regard to Dosqaliev.

The Financial Police refuse to provide details of Dosqaliev's case on the grounds that the investigation is ongoing.