In mid-June, the Jogorku Kenesh created a special commission, which resulted in the announcement that ex-president Almazbek Atambayev was possibly involved in six crimes. Later, the parliament approved this conclusion and sent it to the General Prosecutor’s Office. On June 25, the Prosecutor General said that five out of six facts have grounds for initiating a criminal case.
In the same month, the JK deprived Atambayev of the status of ex-president and, accordingly, immunity. This meant that politicians could now be prosecuted.
At that time, the former head of state was in Koy-Tash. In the courtyard of his house, supporters set up yurts and beds, and at the gate they set up concrete blocks and brought stones. Atambayev’s representatives were successively handed three summons for questioning in the case of the illegal release of the criminal authority Aziz Batukaev, but the former president refused to appear at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, considering the actions against him illegal.
On the evening of August 7, the special forces of the State Committee for National Security began an operation to detain Atambayev, but his supporters repulsed the storming of the house. During the events in Koi-Tash, dozens of people were injured, and Usenbek Niyazbekov, deputy chief of the Special Forces Service of the State Committee for National Security, died from a bullet wound.
How the storming of Atambaev’s house took place – archive footage of the operation in Koi-Tash
The next day, August 8, the Ministry of Internal Affairs made an attempt to detain Atambayev: law enforcement officers used flash-noise grenades, and supporters of the ex-head of state used “Molotov cocktails” and stones. As a result, the politician surrendered to the authorities. The same evening, riots broke out in Bishkek, the protesters were dispersed by the police. In total, over two days of clashes, 136 people were injured, one was killed.
Atambayev was placed in a detention facility of the State Committee for National Security, since then he has been in custody, but considers his detention illegal, as well as depriving him of the status of ex-president. Several of his supporters were also arrested. Farid Niyazov, Ravshan Jeenbekov, Meerbek Miskenbaev, Kanat Sagymbayev, Marat Shamenov, Rysbek Karypbek uulu, Farhat Baabiyev, Kanat Osmonaliev and Nooruz Kaparbek uulu are in custody in the framework of the Koi-Tash case. Deputies of the Parliament Asel Koduranova, Irina Karamushkina and Atambayeva’s adviser Kunduz Dzholdubaeva were left under house arrest.
How Atambaev and other defendants in the Batukaev case were sentenced – video
This summer, the Pervomaisky District Court sentenced Atambayev to 11 years and two months in prison in the Batukayev case. The court ruled to deprive him of state awards and confiscate his property.
During his stay in custody, Atambayev fell ill with pneumonia, was hospitalized, and after being discharged from the hospital, he was again transferred to the GKNB jail.
Now court sessions are being appointed in the case of the Koi-Tash events. The former president’s name is also featured in the corruption case during the reconstruction of the State Historical Museum.
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