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Atambayev’s case. Forum building seized

Forum building owned by the former president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev has been seized. Deputy Chairwoman of SDPK party Kunduz Zholdubaeva informed 24.kg news agency.

According to her, the day before, at about 7.30 p.m., the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs came and took away the activists Amantur Zhamgyrchiev, Ermek Okenov, Alga Kylychev, Tilek Abdiev, Temirlan Sultanbekov and others. They were taken to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The investigator handed a decision of the Pervomaisky District Court on seizure of the Forum building.

Earlier, the Director General of April TV channel Dmitry Lozhnikov said that the building was blocked by special forces.

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.