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Extortion of $ 250,000: Melis Aspekov remanded in custody

The Bishkek City Court considered a complaint of the lawyer of Melis Aspekov, accused of extortion of money.

Earlier, the defense of the accused appealed against the decision of the Pervomaiskiy District Court to keep Aspekov in custody in the pretrial detention center 1 in Bishkek.

It is known that the court, in its ruling, indicated that the Prosecutor General’s Office must check the legality of the actions of the investigator and prosecutors who petitioned for choosing of a preventive measure to Melis Aspekov.

Lawyer Sergei Manukyan explained that earlier his client had already been chosen as a preventive measure in the form of detention in the remand prison of the State Committee for National Security. This decision was not overturned; accordingly, the investigator did not have to apply for a new preventive measure.

Activists Melis Aspekov and Ulan Dzhuraev were detained on suspicion of extortion of $ 250,000 from officials of Kyrgyz Temir Zholu state enterprise in early January 2021. According to the investigation, they, posing as close associates of Sadyr Japarov, threatened to conduct an inspection of the state-owned enterprise by the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes and organize rallies against the leadership. Ulan Dzhuraev was placed under house arrest. Melis Aspekov was transferred from the remand prison of SCNS to pretrial detention center 1 in Bishkek.