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Kyrgyz opposition leader jailed for corruption

BISHKEK: A court in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has jailed a prominent opposition leader for two months on corruption charges pending his trial, security services said Monday, after two days of protests in the fragile Central Asian country. A statement from the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Tekebayev had been charged with corruption and would...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 28, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 28, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

Supporters of detained opposition politician Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, take part in a rally on February 27, 2017 in the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said on February 26, 2017, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential poll.   / AFP PHOTO / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO

BISHKEK: A court in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has jailed a prominent opposition leader for two months on corruption charges pending his trial, security services said Monday, after two days of protests in the fragile Central Asian country.

A statement from the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Tekebayev had been charged with corruption and would be “held until 25 April” at a GKNB penitentiary facility.

The arrest of Omurbek Tekebayev following his arrival at the main airport early Sunday triggered a snap protest in the capital Bishkek that peaked at a thousand strong. A smaller protest of around 500 people took place in the city on Monday, calling on President Almazbek Atambayev to release Tekebayev and even step down from office. Atambayev is barred from running for another term at the upcoming presidential election in November. Tekebayev, the leader of the parliamentary Ata-Meken party and a bitter adversary of Atambayev’s, is being held in connection with an investigation into corruption at a key telecoms company. – AFP

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