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Opposition leader is charged

March 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Prosecutors charged a prominent Kyrgyzstan opposition leader with murder in a case that government critics say is politically motivated.

Alikbek Jekshenkulov was accused of involvement in the shooting of a Turkish citizen in late 2007 and illegal possession of a weapon, said his lawyer, Nina Zotova.

Interior Ministry officials say forensic experts concluded that casings and a bullet found at the scene of the killing in the northern town of Talas were discharged by a handgun belonging to Jekshenkulov.

Zotova says her client denies all charges leveled against him.

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