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Ex-Bishkek Mayor Changed

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — A court in Kyrgyzstan has brought charges of corruption against Bishkek's former mayor and ordered he be kept in custody for two months.

Prosecutors said this week that Nariman Tyuleyev engaged in bribery that cost the state $1.4 million by overseeing the purchase of unneeded buses from China.

Tyuleyev nominally enjoys legal immunity as a member of parliament, but security services say the gravity of his offense is sufficient to void those privileges.

Tyuleyev served as the capital city's mayor under former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was unseated in a public uprising in 2010.


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