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Bishkek Ex-Mayor Charged With Corruption

Former Mayor of Bishkek Nariman Tuleev
Former Mayor of Bishkek Nariman Tuleev
BISHKEK – A court in Kyrgyzstan has brought charges of corruption against Bishkek's former mayor, Nariman Tuleev.

Prosecutors said on June 25 that Tuleev was engaged in bribery that cost the state $1.4 million while overseeing the purchase of buses from China that were surplus to requirements.

The court also ordered Tuleev – who is now a member of parliament -- be kept in custody for two months.

Tyuleyev served as Bishkek mayor under former President Kurmanbek Bakiev who was ousted by popular uprising in 2010.

RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported that some 100 people gathered in front of the court building in Bishkek, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they were Tuleev's supporters or opponents.

With reporting by AP
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