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Ex-Kyrgyz president charged with murder, unrest

panorama.am08/13th/2019, 7:48

Ex-Kyrgyz president charged with murder, unrest

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president Almazbek Atambayev with murder and causing mass unrest, after a deadly clash last week with security forces who were seeking to arrest him, Reuters reported, citing news agency Interfax.

Atambayev, 62, surrendered to police on Thursday when they raided his house and took him in for questioning over a corruption case.

Atambayev’s supporters had repulsed a similar raid the previous day in which one security officer was killed.

The ex-president, whose escalating conflict with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov risks plunging the Central Asian nation into political crisis, was accused, among other charges, with organizing mass unrest and murdering the officer who was shot dead during the botched raid, the Russian agency said.

It also said he had been accused of plotting a coup, though tha...

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