Kyrgyz President: Atambayev flagrantly violates constitution

  • 10:48 08 August 2019

Kyrgyz President: Atambayev flagrantly violates constitution

Former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev flagrantly violated the national constitution and laws when he offered on Wednesday tough armed resistance to special-purpose police units that stormed his residence in a bid to detain him, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov said on Thursday at a session of the Security Council, ONA reports citing TASS.

"Almazbek Atambayev flagrantly violated the constitution and the laws of the Kyrgyz Republic, offering tough armed resistance to conducting investigation permitted by the law," Jeenbekov said.

The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (YKMK) warned on Thursday against staging provocations in the country in the wake of the situation involving former President Almazbek Atambayev.

"Provocative messages calling on citizens to engage in illegal [protest] actions are currently being spread in social media and online. The YKMK is actively working on preventing and suppressing such ... provocative actions by certain forces interested in destabilizing the situation," the YKMK said in a statement.

Since Atambayev has been refusing to obey subpoena on corruption suspicions, the special police units tried to detain him in his residence in the village of Koy Tash, located 12 miles away from the national capital of Bishkek. The situation turned violent, with the ex-leader's supporters repulsing the assault, preventing Atambayev from being captured. As many as 52 people were injured in clashes, while one security officer was killed.

Faig Mahmudov