A trial against Chairman of the National Security Service Kalyk Imankulov began in Bishkek on 23 October at the Pervomai district court. Plaintiff is Deputy of Parliament Tursunbai Bakir Uulu who accuses Imankulov of libeling him. Imankulov said on 23 October that he gave an interview to the "Agym" paper last September in Russian and there was mistranslation when the interview appeared in the paper in Kyrgyz. Imankulov suggested inviting chief editor of the paper Melis Eshimkanov and interviewer Jyldyz Musabekova to the court.
Imankulov said in the interview published early in September that Bakir Uulu might have helped the terrorist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Later, Imankulov stated his service found some evidences of it during the investigations against Kyrgyz citizens who took part in the terrorist actions. Imankulov also said there were phone conversations with extremists in Afghanistan from the mobile phone registered for Bakir Uulu. Bakir Uulu held negotiations with IMU on release of several Kyrgyz and Japanese citizens taken hostage by the IMU rebels in 1999.