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Opposition leader detained ahead of presidential campaign in Kyrgyzstan
12:35, 26 February 2017
Opposition leader detained ahead of presidential campaign in Kyrgyzstan

He was detained on charges of corruption and fraud

12:35, 26 February 2017

Reuters

Opposition politician Omurbek Tekebayev was detained by state security service in Kyrgyzstan. It happened today, on February 26, on charges of corruption and fraud. This way he may be eliminated as a contender for presidency in the upcoming election to take place in November.

This was reported by Reuters agency.

It is also noted that Tekebayev was detained in the airport when he came back from Turkey.

"In a separate statement, the prosecutor general's office said it suspected Tekebayev of taking a $1 million bribe from a Russian investor in 2010. Tekebayev, who was then a senior member of provisional government, promised the investor he would be able to take over a local telecommunications company," the publication reads.

58-year-old Omurbek Tekebayev is leading the Ata-Meken socialist party since 1994. He is one of the most fierce critics of Almazbek Atambayev, the current president of Kyrgyz Republic. His term expires this year.

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