Ex-Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev charged with murder

Kyrgyzstan’s former President Almazbek Atambayev has been charged with murder and plotting a government coup.

He has also been accused of organising mass unrest and hostage-taking.

Mr Atambayev was arrested last week in a dramatic police raid on his house that left one officer dead.

The Central Asian state has seen two revolutions in less than two decades and is caught in an escalating conflict between the ex-president and his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

On Tuesday, the general prosecutor said Mr Atambayev had been charged with “unlawfully carrying a weapon”, “murdering a special forces officer”, “taking hostages” and “organising mass unrest”.

The head of the National Security Services, Orozbek Opumbayev, said the former leader had the “intention to organise a state coup”.

Mr Atambayev’s dramatic detention after two raids on his compound on 7 and 8 August saw one officer killed and six officers held hostage by his supporters before he finally surrendered.

Some 80 people were injured and 53 others hospitalised during the operation.

Media captionMr Atambayev was detained earlier this month

Mr Atambayev served as president of the former Soviet republic between 2011 and 2017. The current president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, had initially been a protege of Mr Atambayev but the two have since fallen out.

Relations between the pair soured after the transfer of…

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