Kyrgyzstan: Former official of president’s office arrested on corruption charges

BISHKEK (TCA) — A former official of the administration of the Kyrgyz president has been arrested on corruption charges.

Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security said on June 3 that Manasbek Arabaev, the ex-chief of the presidential office’s department for judicial system reform, was arrested a day earlier and placed in a pretrial detention center.

The Committee’s spokesman Rakhat Sulaimanov did not say what Arabaev is accused of.

Arabaev worked in former President Almazbek Atambayev’s office for many years and became department chief in 2015, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

He was sacked in May last year, six months after new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov was sworn in.

Several associates of Atambayev’s have been arrested on corruption charges after he left office in December 2017.

On May 27, Kyrgyz legislation under which former heads of state can be prosecuted came into force amid calls by some politicians for an investigation into decisions made by Atambayev when he was in office.

Limited to a single six-year term by the constitution, Atambayev tapped Jeenbekov, his former prime minister, as his favored successor in the October 2017 presidential election.

But the two have had a public falling out and have criticized each other for more than a year.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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