Detained Kyrgyzstan ex-president charged with murder over special forces death

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The head of Kyrgyzstan’s security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him.

Mr Atambayev surrendered on Thursday when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case, laying bare a power struggle with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov that is pushing the Central Asian nation to the brink of political crisis.

Mr Atambayev’s supporters had repulsed a similar raid the previous day in which a deputy commander of an elite special forces unit was killed.

In an indictment related to the botched raid, prosecutors on Tuesday charged him with murder, hostage-taking and causing mass unrest, Kabar said.

Mr Atambayev has dismissed criminal investigations against him as politically motivated and illegal.



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