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Almazbek Atambayev about Omurbek Tekebayev’s case

The leader of Ata Meken party received legal punishment. Ex-president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev said in an interview with April television channel.

Responding to a question from a journalist about the resonance caused by his statement about Omurbek Tekebayev in the previous interview, Almazbek Atambayev noted that he was misunderstood.

«Almambet Shykmamatov badly understands the Russian language and spreads the wrong words. In my interview, I said quite openly and specifically: «By law, the punishment was imposed correctly.» Perhaps, too much excitement overwhelmed me in my answer. But I said that, according to the law, everything was right. After all, the same ex-deputy Omurbek Abdrakhmanov, who always walked beside him, said that Tekebayev received a million. And others say. In private conversations, everyone admits that this is true. I said in a different way,» he said.

The former president also stressed that he had always asked law enforcement agencies to act according to the law.

«But in my answer, I really said that perhaps at that moment it was necessary to go against the law and tell the law enforcement officers not to imprison him. Who knows, perhaps the security forces had their grievances against him, but, on the contrary, I said: «On the one hand, this will be correct, on the other, you will make Omurbek Chirkeshovich a hero.» I repeat once again, may God forgive me, I could, probably, break the law and not let the security forces imprison him. However, according to the law, his guilt was proven, the punishment was lawfully imposed. The fact that he got a million is true,» said Almazbek Atambayev.