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Almazbek Atambayev is to blame for clashes, Roza Otunbayeva believes

President of the transition period Roza Otunbaeyva commented on the detention of her former associate Almazbek Atambayev to Nastoyashee Vremya.

She recalled that Almazbek Atambayev received three subpoenas with an invitation to interrogation as a witness in the case on illegal release of the crime boss Aziz Batukaev.

«This is a sensational case, he needed to testify on it. People are in jail within this case, the former prosecutor general is in the detention center,» Roza Otunbayeva said.

She believes that Atambayev is primarily to blame for the clashes and unrest, and, in addition to the case on the illegal release of the kingpin Aziz Batukaev, the former head of state is involved in «five, six or seven such cases.»

Roza Otunbayeva has no doubt that the claims against Atambayev are justified. She called her successor an «incorrigible gambler» and a man, involved in very serious crimes — «he is capable of a lot of things.»

«Atambayev ignored the summons to the Ministry of Internal Affairs on Batukaev’s case three times — because of this, special forces came to the house of the former president,» said Roza Otunbayeva.

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.

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