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Former Kyrgyzstan President flee country as Court opens criminal case.

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The security committee and the interior ministry would “provide a legal appraisal” of the complaint, the state prosecutor said.

Kyrgyzstan’s former president Sooronbay Jeenbekov has left the Central Asian country, his representative said Tuesday, as investigators consider opening a criminal probe into his role in a crackdown on protesters last year.

Jeenbekov became the third president to be unseated by political unrest in October, paving the way for populist Sadyr Japarov to take power less than two weeks after Japarov’s release from jail.

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Japarov, who was inaugurated last week with Jeenbekov in attendance, has previously said that he didn’t see a reason to investigate his predecessor, despite a man dying on the night of October 5 after security services attempted to put down unrest related to a disputed vote.

But the state prosecutor said Tuesday that investigative bodies were considering opening a criminal case on the basis of a complaint against Jeenbekov launched by victims of the police response.

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbay Jeenbekov address the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

The security committee and the interior ministry would “provide a legal appraisal” of the complaint, the state prosecutor said.

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Jeenbekov’s representative Tolgonai Stamaliyeva said that Jeenbekov and his wife had flown out of the country to perform a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Saudi King.

“The Umrah will last more than 10 days, after that time, Jeenbekov will return to (Kyrgyzstan),” Stamaliyeva said in a statement.

Authorities would not be able to prosecute Jeenbekov without a parliamentary vote to strip him of his immunity.

However, Jeenbekov’s predecessor Almazbek Atambayev saw his immunity stripped by parliament in 2019 during a power struggle between the two men.

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Atambayev is now serving an 11-year sentence over his role ensuring the illegal release of a mob boss.

Japarov was serving jail time on hostage-taking charges at the time of the unrest last year but a court reversed the verdict after key powerbrokers backed his leadership bid.

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Court to reconsider corruption case of ex Kygryz President.

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Another politician freed from jail amid the chaos, Sadyr Japarov, is widely expected to triumph in a presidential election set for January 10.

A court in Kyrgyzstan on Monday overturned the conviction of a former president who was serving an 11-year jail sentence and ordered his corruption case to be retried.

Almazbek Atambayev, 64, who served as the Central Asian country’s president from 2011 to 2017, was sentenced in June on corruption charges linked to the early release from jail of a notorious crime boss during his presidency.

Former Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev waves his hand as he stands inside a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Bishkek on November 27, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media, NoRM)

Atambayev’s lawyer Zamir Zhooshev said that the court had reversed the verdict but that Atambayev would remain in prison for the time being.

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“I think the district court will begin reconsidering the case next week,” Zhooshev told AFP by telephone.

Atambayev has always denied any guilt over the release in 2013 of ethnic Chechen crime boss Aziz Batukayev.

Batukayev was released on medical grounds before travelling to Chechnya, but the medical documents showing he had leukaemia were forged, Kyrgyz investigators said.

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The charges against Atambayev emerged during his bitter power struggle with former ally and successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov, 62.

Jeenbekov in October became the third Kyrgyz president to resign over political unrest since the impoverished, mountainous country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Atambayev was briefly freed from jail in dramatic scenes during the tumult that followed a disputed October 4 parliamentary vote but was re-arrested days later.

Japarov took on the roles of prime minister and acting president in the aftermath of Jeenbekov’s resignation but left both posts this month in order to compete in the elections, as demanded by the constitution.

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Japarov, a 51-year-old populist whose supporters demanded last month that Jeenbekov step down in his favour, was serving jail time for hostage-taking at the time of his release.

Japarov has insisted that the conviction overturned by a court after protesters released him was a “political order”.

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