About 100 people hold rally in front of the building of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan (SCNS) in Bishkek in support of the arrested former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Kursan Asanov. People brought banners with the words «Hands off General Asanov», «People’s General is our leader.» According to them, his relatives, friends, as well as those who are not indifferent to his fate, take part in the rally.
«It is completely unclear what Kursan Asanov is accused of. What crime did he commit? If he is to blame for something, let them say for what exactly. If he is innocent, let him go. We intend to write an appeal addressed to acting President Sadyr Japarov, in order to acquit and release him,» public figure Zhyldyzbek Turganov, present at the rally, said.
Almazbek Atambayev, Farid Niyazov, Kanat Sagymbaev and Temirlan Sultanbekov are also involved in the case. All of them, except for Sultanbekov, who was placed under house arrest, are now in custody.