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Kyrgyz Official's Son To Face Trial In Fatal Accident

Bishkek Mayor Isa Omurkulov
Bishkek Mayor Isa Omurkulov
BISHKEK -- An investigation into a fatal traffic accident involving the son of the mayor of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, is finished and the case has been sent to court, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Supreme Court press secretary Baktybek Rysaliev told RFE/RL that the trial will start in the northern town of Tokmok on November 4.

Azamat Omurkulov, son of Bishkek Mayor Isa Omurkulov, was driving an SUV that collided with a car near the Dunlarov Bridge near Tokmok on the highway from Bishkek to Issyk-Kul in mid-August.

The driver of the car and two passengers were killed in the crash and Omurkulov was injured.

Isa Omurkulov told RFE/RL at the time that if his son was guilty, "he will be accountable in front of almighty God and the law."

Investigators say Azamat Omurkulov was responsible for causing the accident. Omurkulov has been charged with vehicular manslaughter as a result of violating traffic regulations.

Omurkulov was initially asked not to leave Bishkek while the investigation was under way. He was later placed under house arrest.

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