Top-10: Brother escaped, son locked up
09/04-2012 08:42, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , by Anton LYMAR
Sometimes it happens. For the first time for some time past the loudest news of the months is news beyond politics. Escape of the brother of ex-President of Kyrgyzstan from the colony-settlement startled the republic… However avalanching season made MPs to turn their eyes to more vital problems.
In the result the next rating of most important news for March 2012, in opinion of 24.kg news agency, looks like this:
1 Everybody flees and I do the same
The much publicized scandal of March became the escape of the youngest brother of the ex-President Akmat Bakiyev. He is the only member of the family who was held criminally liable after 2012 April 7 events. Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s other brothers were lucky to flee the republic and settled in different countries.
The interesting thing is that authorities missed the runaway too late. As reported, Akmat Bakiyev was hospitalized to the city hospital No. 6 on January 24, 2012. He had pneumonia. On February 6 he was transferred to a private medical center. It was found out that he fled on March 3. Akmat Bakiyev was put on wanting list. But this was futile.
Jalal-Abad city court sentenced Akmat Bakiyev to 7 years in high security prison on August 5, 2011. He was charged with organization of mass riots in the south of the country in May-June 2010, with fraud and inciting ethnic hatred. Then he was amnestied and transferred to the colony-settlement.
Akmat Bakiyev’s whereabout is unknown as well as nobody knows who helped him to escape. We have serous grounds to believe that nobody will know that for long time…
2. Sad story of cattle
Kyrgyzstan experiences every year avalanching season in spring. Probably this became sudden surprise for the Government. Otherwise how we can explain the fact that emergency services were not prepared for the disaster response. They began responding only after death of peoples and mass loss of cattle due to shortage of forage and hay. And again it found out that the Emergency Ministry didn’t have equipment to clean roads while hustlers raised twofold prices at forage. So, all urgent measures were taken too late.
Well, the question when officials in Kyrgyzstan will begin learning from their mistakes has stopped to be a question of relevancy. Beggers cannot be choosers: they just hope that the Government will minimize consequences of dropping the same brick. On the other hand a new omen appeared in the country: if the Government says it is fully ready to heating season or spring sowing campaign or cropping then wait for misfortune.
3. Her Majesty, corruption
In March the court received a criminal case against the Deputy Minister of Interior Kashkar Dzhunushaliev. As noted, the criminal case was filed in September 2011. The top official was charged with illegal issuing of licenses which are not issued if there are no relevant documents and payments. Besides, the issue is addressed by a commission. Nevertheless Kashkar Dzhunushaliev issues a licence to Chingan ltd on April 30, 2010 allowing ltd delivery and sale of pyrotechnics. Payments were made only on December 24, 2010. Later the Deputy Minister of Interior issued the same license to Adis Agro agriculture co-op which regulations didn’t imply such kind of activity. Later he illegally issued license on sale of ammunition, arms and import of pyrotechnics to the limited company “International Center “Logistics” on February 10, 2011. The founder of the company was wife of Dzhunushaliev while his daughter Aisullu supervised work of the company.
Well, here is small business of top police official. Sometimes it seems that a part of criminal “business” has become a part of law enforcement agencies for ages while we are chattering about law enforcement reform.
4. Political déjà vu
Kyrgyzstan couldn’t manage without rallies in March. Bishkek sees pickets, rallies and other protest actions almost every day. But this time big actions were held in regions. Ata-Zhurt and Butun Kyrgyzstan opposition parties held a rally in Osh on March 1 and in Batken on March 31. Displeased politicians organized next movement demanding reforms. Besides, they voiced claims. And they set deadline to meet demands of opposition. However, authorities had atonic response to rallies and demands. Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov met with leaders of two parties though. However, from all appearances sides didn’t come to an agreement.
Now opposition is going to hold a rally in Jalal-Abad and then in Bishkek. It looks like déjà vu. Same persons say same words, put forward same demands but nothing changes despite two revolutions.
5. Radiation pesters the Minister
The Minister of Energy was accused of delivery of Kazakh radioactive coal to Kyrgyzstan. The scandal lasts for several months. A part of radioactive fuel was sent back to neighbors. Nevertheless, even if all coal will be taken out the “contamination” hit Kyrgyzstan lasts for long time.
The Prosecutor General’s Office has exhibited a charge against the Minister of Energy and Industry Askarbek Shadiev who is charged with duty abuse while his assistant Kairat Dzhumaliev is charged with negligence. The Prosecutor General’s Office believes his actions “caused enormous damage or violated rights and legitimate interests of citizens or organizations”. The Prosecutor General’s Office intends to exhibit charges against a number of officials.
In September 2011 a consignment of radioactive Kazakh coal was delivered to the Thermal Power Plant of Bishkek of Electrical Stations OJSC. Another part of radioactive coal was sent to social institutions of Chuy province.
6. Fisticuffs elections
Elections to local councils which were almost inconspicuous in the republic before turned into scandal events with fisticuffs in March. Thus, after clashes between police and dissatisfied voters in Karakol city of Issyk-Kul province 6 persons with injuries applied to a hospital. They were participants of the protest action and policemen.
People were dissatisfied with results of election to local city council. Youth – 500-600 people – came to the protest action. Later they captured the first floor of the mayor’s office.
In most cities where elections were held, ruling parties – SDPK (social democrats) and Respublika – won. Unions of local residents suddenly became their serious rivals. Observers said about big number of violations in favor of ruling parties. True, nothing changed after court proceedings. It should be noted that the cost of deputy seats in local councils rose after they had right to elect heads of cities and districts. This is a serious argument for severe fight for seats.
7. Action with consequences
“Dissenting” traffic policemen were fired in Kyrgyzstan. In mid of February 2012 traffic policemen rallied in front of the State National Security Committee (GKNB). They demanded fair investigation of death of their colleague Aibek Eshbaev found hanged in a cell of the pretrial detention center of GKNB. Also they demanded to punish persons guilty of his death.
Alongside with that the Minister of Interior filed an investigation of the rally. The rationale was that traffic policemen like other law enforcement officers don’t have right to rally in accordance with the law. As a consequence, 52 traffic policemen together with 4 chiefs were fired.
8. Prison term for a son
The son of the mayor of the capital of Kyrgyzstan was sentenced to suspended 7 years in prison with 2 years delay. This was punishment for Azamat Omurlulov who killed three young people in the car accident in August 2011.
Before the court closed the criminal case on the car accident because relatives of victims recalled their applications. This caused mixed reaction in the society. In the result Azamat Omurkulov falsified the judgment and asked to sentence him due to moral reasons.
9. Soldiers train for war
In troops unit No 97632, not far from Bishkek, soldiers arranged mass scuffle. The reason was hazing in the military. Over 30 people participated in the scuffle and 16 were wounded and delivered to a medical unit.
This is not a first incident in armed troops of the republic. Earlier a group of soldiers left a troops unit due to hazing in the military. Later human rights advocates convinced them to come back.
So, anger statements of some MPs that youth don’t want to serve in the army looks quite strange against such background…
10. Innovator of Jalal-Abad
Sometimes initiatives of local officials boggle imagination. Thus, the official of Jalal-Abad mayor’s office Upol Asanaliev offered to make officials weary national clothes each Friday. This decision was even approved and they managed to conduct spot check. This initiative met mixed response in the society.
A little later the mayor’s office produced finally a statement and blamed Upol Asanalieva for arbitrariness. Allegedly she did this behind the mayor’s office’s back.
By the way, exactly Upol Asanalieva played a decisive role when ex-mayor of Jalal-Abad Maksat Zheenbekov issued an order obliging to name all representatives of titular ethnic group who don’t know Kyrgyz “Kirgiz” (using a letter “i”) while rest ethnic groups should be called “chauvinists”. So, having such staff at local levels we can be calm. They will always provide us with news.
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