BISHKEK. Tyntchtykbek Duulatov, a member of the opposition "Arnamys" ("Dignity") Party, detained yesterday in Bishkek, will be charged with an attempted hostage-taking. If the Kyrgyz court finds him guilty of the crime, then he would be sentenced from 5 to 10 years imprisonment. Representatives of the party told RFE/RL today that Duulatov had caught a man who allegedly was voting in different constituencies in the day of the referendum on February 2, this year. Duulatov brought the man to the opposition headquarters. Now the authorities are accusing him of forcing a man to be illegally detained.
Opposition politicians, including the leader of the "Atameken" ("Motherland") Socialist Party, lawmaker Omurbek Tekebayev, criticized the detainment of Duulatov as a politically motivated move by the Government.