Kyrgyzstan MIA not planning forcible detention of ex-President Atambayev named in thief in law Aziz case

Kyrgyzstan MIA not planning forcible detention of ex-President Atambayev named in thief in law Aziz case
Almazbek Atambayev

Kunduz Zholdubayeva, a spokesperson for the former head of state, spoke about such a possibility.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan does not plan to detain the ex-President of the country, Almazbek Atambayev, with the use of force, TASS reports, citing representatives of the Ministry. Kunduz Zholdubayeva, a spokesperson for the former head of state, spoke about such a possibility.

“There are no plans to detain Atambayev with the use of force,” the Interior Ministry said. On July 19, the former head of state was summoned for questioning as a witness for the third time. The department noted that the ex-President had ignored the two previous summonses for interrogation.

In late June, the Kyrgyz parliament voted for depriving Atambayev of immunity, which he enjoyed as an ex-President. Atambayev is accused of corruption in the reconstruction of the Bishkek's heat and power plant and the purchase of coal for it, facilitating illegal conversion of land, illegally obtaining land for building a house in the village of Koy-Tash, Chuy region, as well as facilitating the release of thief in law Aziz Batukayev through fake medical certificates.

Shortly before Atambayev was deprived of his presidential status, two former prime ministers, two Bishkek mayors, several ministers and deputies, and other high-ranking ex-officials from his inner circle were arrested.

Currently, the ex-President is in the village of Koy-Tash, concrete blocks were placed and stone heaps were scattered near his house. Supporters of Atambayev gathered in the courtyard, they placed yurts and beds there. The former head of state said he would resist if law enforcement officers attempted to arrest him.

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