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Deputies approve bringing Emil Zhamgyrchiev to criminal responsibility

Deputies discussed the results of the commission’s work on the proposal of the Prosecutor General Kurmankul Zulushev to give consent to bring Emil Zhamgyrchiev to criminal responsibility today, January 10, 2024, at a meeting of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan.

At least 81 deputies were registered at the meeting. 69 of them voted for bringing deputy Emil Zhamgyrchiev to criminal liability.

According to Speaker Nurlanbek Shakiev, everyone is equal before the law.

«Society says that the authority and role of Parliament have fallen; security forces are opening cases against deputies. But this is not correct, everyone is equal before the law, be it a deputy or a minister, so we supported the prosecution of our colleague. There must be «clean» deputies in the Parliament,» he said.

The day before the deputy commission agreed to prosecute deputy Emil Zhamgyrchiev.

In 2020, Emil Zhamgyrchiev and Baktybek Kalmuratov were accused of taking a bribe from a businessman for a positive solution to issues related to a criminal case on smuggling. The victim, Emir Emilkanov, renounced his claims against the accused. The Pervomaisky District and Bishkek City Courts acquitted both defendants for lack of evidence of a crime.

On December 6, 2022, the Prosecutor General’s Office appealed to the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic with a petition to overturn the acquittal of Emil Zhamgyrchiev. On December 26, the State Committee for National Security issued a press release indicating that the deputy was wanted. After the parliament member showed up, it turned out that he took unpaid leave to care for his father. As a result, in January 2023, the Supreme Court sent the case for further investigation.