20 Jul 2018 20:16

Ex-Bishkek mayor, suspected of corruption, arrested for 1 month

BISHKEK. July 20 (Interfax) - Bishkek's Pervomaisky District Court has ruled to sanction the arrest of the former mayor of the city, Albek Ibragimov, for a month, the press service for the Kyrgyz Supreme Court told Interfax on Friday.

According to the press service, the court made a decision to uphold a motion of an investigator of the National Security Committee to impose a restrictive measure in the form of arrest on Ibragimov.

On Thursday, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhamedkaly Abylgaziyev dismissed Ibragimov, who had been detained by employees of the National Security Committee on suspicion of corruption and embezzlement on the same day, from his post. The Bishkek City Council passed a vote of no confidence in Ibragimov prior to that.

Ibragimov was a member of former President Almazbek Atambayev's inner circle and the last official to retain his position after the election of Sooronbai Jeenbekov. In 2012-2013 he was a deputy head of the president's office. He was elected Bishkek mayor in late February 2016.