Ex-president Brought Back To Kyrgyzstan In Graft Probe: Govt
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 06:10 PM
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Aug 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Kyrgyzstan's first post-independence leader has been brought back to the country from exile to face questioning over his role in corruption, authorities said Monday.
Kyrgyzstan's national security committee said in a statement that Askar Akayev had been "delivered" to the capital Bishkek but did not state how he had been brought there after 16 years living in exile in Russia.
He has been "charged with corruption" in connection with deals struck for the Kumtor gold mine, the security committee said, without clarifying whether or not the 76-year-old faced the threat of arrest.
" The mine, whose output accounted for 12.5 percent of Kyrgyzstan's GDP in 2020, is the country's largest foreign investment and a regular flashpoint for struggles between the government and opposition.
After Akayev was overthrown during street protests in 2005, successive Kyrgyz governments sought revisions to the agreement over the mine.