KYRGYZSTAN: SUPREME COURT ACQUITS KULOV
BISHKEK, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court acquitted Felix Kulov today. The Ar Namys opposition party leader was convicted under the Askar Akayev regime for embezzlement and abuse of office.
Today's verdict is final and not subject to appeal.
As Lyubov Ivanova, Mr. Kulov's lawyer, said to Novosti today, she appealed, March 28, to the Prosecutor General's office for the case reconsidered on newly discovered facts after the United Nations human rights commission forwarded the Kyrgyz government a verbal note to request for case reconsideration.
"I have not stolen a single tyiyn [Kyrgyz smallest coin] from the state, and I have never been guilty of excess of powers," Felix Kulov said to the Supreme Court at today's hearings.
Dooronbek Sadyrbayev, steeled parliamentarian of three convocations, also spoke at the hearings. He had been qualified as an aggrieved person on the Kulov case-as security chief, Kulov had been accused of having his office bugged. The parliamentarian reassured the court today of having no moral, material or political grudges against him.
Kulov was serving his term for financial misdemeanors as insurgents liberated him, March 24, after they took the government premises by storm. He led law-enforcement agencies on the new government for several days.
The Supreme Court is gathering for another session on the Kulov case within a few days-this time, to reconsider trespasses he had allegedly committed while Bishkek mayor.
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