Kyrgyz security service arrests former prime minister on corruption charges


BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (GKNB) Tuesday (June 5) detained Sapar Isakov, the former prime minister, on corruption charges.

Isakov, 40, was arrested after being questioned for a fourth time in relation to his role in securing investment for a power plant in the capital, Bishkek, whilst serving in the administration of then-president Almazbek Atambayev, according to the GKNB.

Isakov is accused of lobbying to have Chinese company TBEA modernise a vital power plant that nonetheless broke down as temperatures plunged in January.

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