- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Kyrgyz court bars ex-president's daughter from running for parliament

BISHKEK, April 27 (RIA Novosti). The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan rejected Friday an appeal against a lower court ruling, thereby conclusively barring the ex-president's daughter, Bermet Akayev, from running in a by-election for parliament slated for Sunday.

Two of Bermet's 14 rivals for the parliamentary seat her brother Aidar had been stripped of because of his repeated failure to turn up for sessions had complained that she should be barred from running because she had not resided in Kyrgyzstan for at least six months before the election, as required by law.

The case was taken up by the Supreme Court after the judge who handled the case claimed his previous decision in her favor had been made under duress.

Bermet, 35, had headed the pro-government Alga Kyrgyzstan party before the March 2005 "tulip revolution" that ousted her father, President Askar Akayev, and made it into parliament but was stripped of her seat.

Akayev fled to Russia. Aidar followed his father into exile. Bermet wrote a book, "Flowers of Evil," about the uprising. Kyrgyzs security services have launched a case against her and her mother, Mairam Akayev, who headed a charity foundation allegedly used as a channel for illegal money transactions, also features in the case, prosecutors said.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала