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Prosecutor General: Omurbek Babanov is still defendant in criminal cases

Criminal cases against ex-MP Omurbek Babanov are still under investigation. The Prosecutor General of Kyrgyzstan Otkurbek Dzhamshitov told journalists.

According to him, the State Committee for National Security is investigating the criminal cases.

The Prosecutor General’s Office opened two criminal cases against Omurbek Babanov. He is accused of public calls for violent change of the constitutional order and incitement of national, racial or religious hatred. It is about the speech of Omurbek Babanov during the election campaign at a meeting with residents of Amir-Timur microdistrict in Osh on September 28. He is also accused of attempt to forcibly seize power.

After the presidential election in 2017, Omurbek Babanov left Kyrgyzstan. He is in Moscow now.

In early April 2019, Omurbek Babanov said that he was going to return to Kyrgyzstan. However, on the day of arrival, as many predicted, he canceled his visit to Bishkek.