Leading Kyrgyzstan nationalist accused of fraud

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Posted: Sep 17, 2012 7:21 AM
Leading Kyrgyzstan nationalist accused of fraud

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan say they are filing criminal charges against the leader of an opposition faction in parliament on suspicion of fraud.

The General Prosecutor's Office said Monday it will request parliament's permission to formally charge Sadyr Zhaparov, a prominent member of the nationalist Ata-Zhurt party.

Ata-Zhurt has the largest share of seats in the turbulent Central Asian nation's parliament although it is not in the governing coalition.

Prosecutors say Zhaparov and the son of another parliamentary deputy illegally acquired and later sold a formerly government-owned building — claims that Zhaparov denies.

Any sign of political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan is of concern to the United States, which controls an air base there supporting operations in nearby Afghanistan.