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Kyrgyzstan: Following protests, authorities re-arrest powerbroker Matraimov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security (SCNS) has rearrested Raimbek Matraimov, the controversial former deputy chief of the Customs Service, days after demonstrators in Bishkek protested against what they saw as a lenient sentence handed to him on corruption charges, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reported.

SCNS officials told RFE/RL on February 18 that Matraimov was arrested due to an ongoing probe launched into money laundering, adding that the decision on Matraimov’s pretrial restrictions will be made within 48 hours.
The SCNS move comes four days after hundreds rallied in the Kyrgyz capital, protesting a Bishkek court ruling last week that …read more

Source:: The Times of Central Asia