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Kumtor case: Iskhak Pirmatov pleads guilty

The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek began to consider a criminal case against ex-parliamentary deputy Iskhak Pirmatov, charged with corruption within the Kumtor case.

The prosecutor read out the indictment, according to which the former deputy entered into a plea bargain.

The accused admitted his guilt during the hearing.

Lawyer Timur Karabaev asked the court to sentence Pirmatov to a fine of 260,000 soms. The state prosecutor asked for a fine of 300,000 soms.

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.

Former president of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev, who visited Kyrgyzstan, also agreed to cooperate with the investigation within the Kumtor case.