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Farid Niyazov detained within hostage taking case

Ex-head of the Presidential Administration of Kyrgyzstan Farid Niyazov was detained. Deputy Chairwoman of SDPK Kunduz Zholdubaeva informed 24.kg news agency.

According to her, Farid Niyazov was detained on the fact of taking servicemen of Alpha Special Forces of SCNS hostage.

«I am a witness in this case. During interrogation, I said that no one took the servicemen hostage, but on the contrary, they were saved from the angry crowd. A preventive measure was not selected for Farid Niyazov so far. The case is being investigated by the Interior Ministry’s Investigation Department,» said Kunduz Zholdubaeva.

On August 7, the special forces of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan attempted to storm Almazbek Atambayev’s residence in Koi-Tash village. The storm failed twice. About 45 people were injured during the riots; the Deputy Commander of Alpha Special Forces died from a gunshot wound.

On August 8, special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out special operation to detain the former president Atambayev. All roads to Koi-Tash were blocked, communication was jammed, access to the Internet was blocked. At least 3,000 police officers and special machinery were pulled in to the epicenter. After a two-hour confrontation, the police managed to force the situation — Almazbek Atambayev decided to surrender. He was taken to the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan for interrogation. He is detained.

Preventive measure — detention in pre-trial detention center of the State Committee for National Security until August 26 — was selected for Almazbek Atambayev at an offsite hearing of the Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek tonight.