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Interior Ministry spokesman Murat Azymbakiev told RFE/RL on February 22 that Kazakh officials provided Bishkek with documents confirming that Damirbek Asylbek-uulu is a holder of two passports, Kyrgyz and Kazakh.
Kyrgyz law does not allow individuals with dual citizenship to be lawmakers.
Asylbek-uulu, a lawmaker from a party called Kyrgyzstan, was detained during a special operation in Kazakhstan along with 35 suspects, including two other Kyrgyz nationals.
His colleagues in the Kyrgyz parliament have contended Asylbek-uulu has nothing to do with the illegal activities he has been charged with.
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