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Illegal release of Aziz Batukaev. Date of preliminary hearing set

Criminal case on illegal release of a kingpin Aziz Batukaev was sent to court. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for October 11 in the Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek. Judge Emil Kaiypov will chair the process. The lawyer of the former president of the country Almazbek Atambayev, Sergey Slesarev, informed 24.kg news agency.

During the investigation, Almazbek Atambayev was handed a notice of suspicion of committing crimes under Part 2 of Article 43 and Part 2 of Article 319 «Organization of corruption in interests of organized criminal group» of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Sergey Slesarev stressed that there was not even indirect evidence of a crime committed by his client in the case files. «Neither Shamil Atakhanov, whose testimonies were classified for unknown reasons, neither Aida Salyanova, nor the ex-head of the State Penitentiary Service Zarylbek Rysaliev testified against my client,» he told and added that the accusation was a fantasy of the investigation.

In accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Kyrgyz Republic, the criminal case was submitted to the Prosecutor General’s Office for examination.

Based on the results of the examination, indictments were approved and handed to Almazbek Atambayev, Indira Dzholdubaeva, Kalybek Kachkynaliev and Abdukhalim Raimzhanov.

The case on illegal release of the kingpin Aziz Batukaev was resumed in January 2019. The accused are doctors and laboratory assistants, who diagnosed the crime boss with cancer. In addition, former officials and deputies are also involved in the case.

Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that Almazbek Atambayev’s direct involvement in the release of the kingpin was found out. The former president was a witness in the case. On August 9, he was charged with corruption within the case.

Almazbek Atambayev is accused of particularly serious crimes — violence against law enforcement agencies, murder, hostage taking, riots, corruption. He will be kept in the SCNS pre-trial detention center until October 26.