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Sapar Isakov accuses President Sooronbai Jeenbekov of political persecution

The Bishkek City Court considered the cassation appeal within the criminal case against the former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov and remanded him in custody until January 5, 2019. The press service of SDPK party distributed the text of the speech of the ex-official in court.

According to Sapar Isakov, he always said to all mass media that he was not going to leave the territory of Kyrgyzstan. At the first request of the investigating authorities, he submitted his diplomatic, official, civil passport and ID card.

«You did this on purpose in order I to escape from the territory of Kyrgyzstan for easier investigation. But I will never do this, because I faithfully worked for my country, defended its national interests. And I will always do it. And those people who specifically play this political game will not lead to anything good. Believe me,» Sapar Isakov told in court.

He also said that the presidential administration was behind all these processes.

«Therefore, I will say to the representatives of the state bodies who are sitting here — Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who personally controls this process, my trial, is behind this,» said Sapar Isakov, addressing the judges, and asked to tell Sooronbai Jeenbekov that he was aware that he, Sapar Isakov, honestly worked for his country.

«He has known me for 30 years, he knew my father well. And I never gave a reason for any corruption accusations against me. The people who worked with me no matter where: in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the presidential administration, and in the government, they know that I have firm principles in relation to anything before me,» said Sapar Isakov.

The former prime minister, charged with corruption, admitted that when he was the head of the presidential administration and the head of government he did not see, as it turns out, everything that was happening in the State Committee for National Security and what was happening in the courts.