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2018-06-21

2nd Kyrgyz ex-prime minister jailed in power plant corruption case

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BISHKEK -- A second former Kyrgyz prime minister was jailed earlier this week as part of an expanding corruption case involving the Bishkek Thermal Power Station, local media reported citing the State Committee for National Security (GKNB).

Jantoro Satybaldiyev, who was prime minister from 2012-2014, was detained Monday (June 18), the GKNB said. He faces charges of complicity in a crime and of corruption.

Satybaldiyev and other officials are accused of lobbying in 2013 to have Chinese company TBEA modernise a vital power plant that nonetheless broke down as temperatures plunged in January, depriving thousands of Bishkek households of heat for several days.

Other detainees in the case include Sapar Isakov, who served as prime minister from August 2017 to April 2018, a former Bishkek mayor and a former energy minister.

BISHKEK -- A second former Kyrgyz prime minister was jailed earlier this week as part of an expanding corruption case involving the Bishkek Thermal Power Station, local media reported citing the State Committee for National Security (GKNB).

Jantoro Satybaldiyev, who was prime minister from 2012-2014, was detained Monday (June 18), the GKNB said. He faces charges of complicity in a crime and of corruption.

Satybaldiyev and other officials are accused of lobbying in 2013 to have Chinese company TBEA modernise a vital power plant that nonetheless broke down as temperatures plunged in January, depriving thousands of Bishkek households of heat for several days.

Other detainees in the case include Sapar Isakov, who served as prime minister from August 2017 to April 2018, a former Bishkek mayor and a former energy minister.

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