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[22.06.2OO3] Some Kyrgyz Parliamentarians Demand Deportation of Presidents Son-in-Law

A group of Kyrgyz parliamentarians have demanded that businessman Adil Toigonbaev, who is a son-in-law of President Askar Akaev, be deported from Kyrgyzstan. As a citizen of Kazakhstan, Toigonbaev could be expelled. The legislators' demand was prompted by a television program on a channel controlled by Toigonbaev that attempted to discredit opposition members of the Kyrgyz parliament, accusing them of nepotism; using taxpayers' money to finance protest demonstrations; and having secret ties to Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights Chairman Ramazan Dyryldaev, one of the best-known critics of Akaev's administration. The broadcast reportedly hinted that parliament should be dissolved. Opposition parliamentarian Omurbek Tekebaev, who was attacked by name in the broadcast, alleged that Toigonbaev commissioned the broadcast personally. Tekebaev called on ministers present at the parliamentary session to expel the president's son-in-law from the country. Over the last two years, the opposition has alleged that Toigonbaev is involved in illegal business activities.
 
Deutsche Welle, June 22/24, 2003

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