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Temir Sariev's supporters continue rally near Bishkek City Court

Supporters of the ex-prime minister of Kyrgyzstan Temir Sariev continue rally outside the Bishkek City Court.

The court decided to remand the politician in custody until September 30.

About 400 people are chanting: «Sariev!». They do not agree with the decision of the City Court. The ex-prime minister himself has already been taken to the remand prison of the State Committee for National Security.

Temir Sariev was arrested within the investigation of the criminal case on Kumtor by the State Committee for National Security. He is charged with underestimating the amount of environmental damage at the mine. According to his lawyers, such an accusation is absurd, since, being the head of the state commission for checking the activities of Kumtor, Temir Sariev could not make individual decisions. The commission — a collegial body — included officials, parliamentarians, specialists and environmentalists. The report of the commission was heard in the Parliament.

The SCNS is investigating the criminal cases on Kumtor. The beginning of June was marked by high-profile arrests. Former and current deputies of Parliament Torobai Zulpukarov, Iskhak Pirmatov were placed in the SCNS remand prison for two months. The court also ruled to arrest the ex-prime minister Omurbek Babanov, former speaker of Parliament Asylbek Jeenbekov and the first vice prime minister Taiyrbek Sarpashev. The ex-prime minister Temir Sariev was detained on August 3. Their supporters believe these arrests are politically motivated.

Three former deputies Talant Uzakbaev, Almazbek Baatyrbekov and Iskhak Pirmatov were released from custody. They entered into a plea bargain.

The preventive measure was also changed for Omurbek Babanov. He left the country for treatment.