Kyrgyz: Government attacks Green Party with lawsuit

Hat tip to: Green Party Watch

Story at: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Kyrgyz Green Party Leaders Charged With Damaging President’s Dignity
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
January 16, 2009

The leaders of Kyrgyzstan’s Green Party have been officially accused of damaging the “dignity and honor” of the country’s president.

Police say they found a number of caricatures in Green Party offices of President Kurmanbek Bakiev on January 13.

The Prosecutor-General found the caricatures to be damaging to the president’s honor and filed a lawsuit against the Green Party’s leadership.

The trial was to have started today, but the judge postponed it until January 28 due to the absence of the Green Party’s lawyers.

Green Party Chairman Erkin Bolokbaev told RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service that the lawsuit is politically motivated.

Background: The official name for this country is Kyrgyz Republic. It is a landlocked, mountainous country in Central Asia, which shares a border with China. Kyrgyz Republic used to be a part of the Soviet Union.

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