BISHKEK. Last night Edil Baisalov, the president of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, came out of the military hospital in the village of Beshkuengei of the Alamueduen district in the Chui region, near Bishkek. Baisalov told RFE/RL today that he will ask the Republican military health commission to give him a final document which says that he cannot serve in the Kyrgyz military because of his eye disease.
An eye-specialist of the military hospital, Dr. Asira Sartova, confirmed the previous diagnosis that Baisalov cannot serve in compulsory military service. A spokesman of the Defense ministry, Mirbek Koilubaev told RFE/RL yesterday that there is no political reason for the forced hospitalization of Baisalov. He has been pursued by military authorities since July 2000. He was forced to go through the hospital's check-up procedures in accordance with the law on military duty, Koilubaev said. Baisalov and his supporters say that the authorities used this method to prevent him from speaking on human rights abuses at a round table last Friday.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Charles Carlson in Prague