Kyrgyzstan: Former prosecutor-general under house arrest on corruption charge

Former Prosecutor-General Indira Joldubaeva (file photo)

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s former Prosecutor-General Indira Joldubaeva has been placed under house arrest on a corruption charge.

The Interior Ministry said on August 22 that Joldubaeva was suspected of involvement in the illegal early release of a criminal boss, Aziz Batukaev, from prison in 2013 when she led the presidential office’s department for judicial-system reform, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

Joldubaeva became Kyrgyzstan’s prosecutor-general after then-President Almazbek Atambayev proposed her candidacy to lawmakers in April 2015.

She was sacked from the post in April last year in the wake of a growing standoff between Atambayev and his handpicked successor, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

Batukaev, who was convicted of several high-profile crimes including the murders of a Kyrgyz lawmaker and an Interior Ministry official, was granted early release after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2013.

His diagnosis was later found to have been falsified.

Atambayev and about 20 other former top Kyrgyz officials were charged with involvement in Batukaev’s release.

Atambayev, who was placed under arrest following a violent two-day standoff with law enforcement on August 7-8 at his residential compound near Bishkek, has also been charged with abusing his office during his 2011-2017 term, violence against representatives of the state, organizing mass unrest, masterminding a murder attempt, hostage taking, and the illegal use of firearms.

Also on August 22, the Prosecutor-General’s office said that one of Atambayev’s closest allies, lawmaker Irina Karamushkina, who was at Atambayev’s compound during the standoff, is suspected of hostage taking and being an accomplice to a crime.

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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