A power struggle is building between the executive and legislative branches of government in Kyrgyzstan, underscored by the arrest of parliament deputy Azimbek Beknazarov on abuse of power charges. Differences over the settlement of a border dispute between Kyrgyzstan and China precipitated the political clash in Bishkek.
Beknazarov, the chairman of the Kyrgyz parliamentary Committee on Judicial and Legal Reforms, was formally charged on January 8 with abuse of power. The charge relates to a 1995 murder case handled by Beknazarov, who was then the Toktogul District prosecutor. He stands accused of impropriety in not filing charges against the murder suspect, and of improperly detaining relatives of the victim.
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Alisher Khamidov is currently a Muskie Fellow graduate student at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace Studies at Notre Dame University.