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Convicted general contractor for WNG hippodrome reconstruction detained

The convicted general contractor of the reconstruction of Cholpon-Ata hippodrome for the 1st World Nomad Games in 2014, Erkinbek Mergenbayev, was repeatedly detained. Law enforcement agencies informed 24.kg news agency.

According to their data, Erkinbek Mergenbayev was placed in a temporary detention facility of the Main Internal Affairs Directorate. It is specified, another criminal case was initiated on the construction of the hippodrome — on misuse of funds and unjustifiably inflated prices.

Erkinbek Mergenbayev was sentenced to six years in prison, he has served two and a half years, and then was transferred to a penal settlement. Relatives of Erkinbek Mergenbayev say that the investigation is being conducted by Aibek Sydykov. Previously, he was disqualified from the case.

Erkinbek Mergenbayev was convicted of smuggling and evading customs duties. According to the Interior Ministry, in 2014, he imported a large amount of plastic seats into the republic without payment of fees to the budget. The damage, according to the investigation, amounted to more than 1,570 million soms.

In 2014, the company of Erkinbek Mergenbayev received an order for the reconstruction of the hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata. He later blamed the state for refusing to pay for the work done.