Kyrgyzstan: Green Party chairman says he is forced to hide from the authorities
Erkin Bulekbayev, Green Party Chairman and one of the Kyrgyz opposition leaders, told Ferghana.Ru that he is compelled to go into hiding because he says law enforcement agencies procured an arrest warrant.
The decision to have Bulekbayev keep a low profile for the time being was made by Political Council of the People's Revolutionary Movement for President Bakiyev's Resignation Bulekbayev sits on. The opposition leader is currently in Kyrgyzstan.
Press Service of the Green Party where the Movement HQ is quartered reported that over a dozen several police officers and plainclothesmen raided the office wielding videocams on December 13. They introduced themselves as investigators from the Bishkek Prosecutor's Office and officers of the National Security State Committee. "They searched the premises without bothering with preliminaries like producing a court warrant or any other document," a source said.
According to the Press Service, one Samat Ablasanov of the National Security State Committee pocketed 500 soms found in the Green Party chairman's desk.
Spokesmen for the Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office advised the opposition to lodge a formal complaint and denied involvement in the search. The Prosecutor General's Office said it had been a mere "examination" that needed no official warrants, reported Fergana.