Kyrgyz Defense Council ex-secretary declared wanted in case of thief in law Aziz’s release

Kyrgyz Defense Council ex-secretary declared wanted in case of thief in law Aziz’s release
Busurmankul Tabaldiyev

According to some reports, Busurmankul Tabaldiyev fled to Turkey.

The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry declared Busurmankul Tabaldiyev, former Secretary of the republic’s Defense Council and ex-Chairman of the Kyrgyz National Security Committee, wanted in the framework of the investigation of a criminal case of unlawful release of thief in law Aziz Batukayev from prison, reports Interfax with reference to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic.

Earlier, the 70-year-old Colonel-General was summoned for questioning, but he did not appear. According to local media, Tabaldiyev may be in Turkey, where he fled immediately after the start of arrests of former officials, who, according to investigators, were involved in the unlawful release of the crime boss. Now, the investigative service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan is conducting pre-trial proceedings on grounds of a crime under part 2 of Art.319 (Corruption).

To recap, Batukayev, who served a long prison stint in the Naryn region in northern Kyrgyzstan, was released in April 2013 ahead of time for seven years on health grounds. On the same day, he left for Chechnya by a private jet.

From December 2011 to June 2013, Tabaldiyev headed the Defense Council, and later was appointed Head of the National Security Committee. It is believed that he could not have been unaware and uninvolved in the operation on the unlawful release of the crime lord. Thus, the country's ombudsman Tursunbek Akun publicly stated that Aziz Batukayev was mortally ill, referring to Tabaldiyev.

The parliamentary commission created back then established that a number of government staff and employees of the penitentiary system had been complicit in the release and departure of the crime boss, but then no one was punished.

In April 2019, the investigation was resumed. Medical experts have established that Batukayev’s cancer diagnosis was false. Shamil Atakhanov, former Deputy Prime Minister for the security forces, Aida Salyanov, ex-Prosecutor General, Dinara Sagynbayeva, former Health Minister, as well as several employees of the State Service for the Execution of Sentences and a number of medical workers were detained. Later, Atakhanov and Sagynbayeva were transferred under house arrest, as they agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

In addition, the former President Almazbek Atambayev was accused of involvement in the release of Batukayev. Two summonses demanding to appear for interrogation at the Ministry of Internal Affairs have already been sent to him, but he ignored them.

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