WORLD BRIEFING / KYRGYZSTAN
Prosecutors charged a prominent Kyrgyzstan opposition leader with murder in a case that government critics say is politically motivated.
Alikbek Jekshenkulov was accused of involvement in the shooting of a Turkish citizen in late 2007 and illegal possession of a weapon, said his lawyer, Nina Zotova.
Interior Ministry officials say forensic experts concluded that casings and a bullet found at the scene of the killing in the northern town of Talas were discharged by a handgun belonging to Jekshenkulov.
Zotova says her client denies all charges leveled against him.