BISHKEK. Birinchi Mai district court of the capital city Bishkek rejected today an appeal by a human rights campaigner, Tursunbek Akun, against Prime Minister, Nikolai Tanayev, saying that there was not enough proof to accuse Tanayev of insulting Akun. The plaintiff accused the prime minister of insulting him last year, when Tanayev said during a press conference on September 9, of last year, that "there would be public disorder and bloodshed where Tursunbek Akun visits". Akun told RFE/RL today that he does not agree with the district court verdict and that he will appeal to the city court to reconsider it.
A court hearing against a prime minister in accordance with the opposition politician's appeal is a rare event in Central Asia. However, as some local experts say, it is very unlikely to pass a verdict against the top leaders in the region, where court systems maintain the Soviet style dependence from the executive branch of power.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Fred Woelfel in Prague