Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan’s former president Almazbek Atambayev hospitalised

Bishkek, Kyrgyz, June 30 (AFP/APP): Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan’s former president Almazbek Atambayev has been hospitalised with pneumonia but tested negative for the coronavirus, the Central Asian country’s security committee said .

Atambayev, was last week sentenced to over 11 years in jail for his role in allowing a crime boss early release from incarceration and faces a host of other charges including murder. While noting that Atambayev’s coronavirus test had come back negative, the State National Security Committee said that Atambayev met several times with lawyers and relatives who handed over papers and objects by hand in violation of new prison protocols.

The security committee also said that one of Atambayev’s lawyers, Zamir Zhooshev, had symptoms of the virus. Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, which has seen two revolutions in less than two decades, saw a standoff last year between Atambayev and his one-time protege President Sooronbai Jeenbekov. Atambayev refused to attend sentencing last Tuesday, claiming health grounds. Authorities had previously described his health as satisfactory. Atambayev has denied all charges but said that he expects no justice from courts loyal to his successor.

 

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