Ex-president charged over death, accused of coup plan
The head of Kyrgyzstan's security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev yesterday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him.
Mr Atambayev surrendered when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case he claims is politically motivated and illegal.
Mr Atambayev's supporters had repulsed a similar raid the previous day in which a deputy commander of an elite special forces unit was killed.
In an indictment related to the botched raid, prosecutors yesterday charged him with murder, hostage-taking and causing mass unrest, Kabar said. National Security Chief Orozbek Opumbayev accused him of seeking bloodshed. "Then, blaming it on the authorities, he would have been able to stage a coup."
He said Atambayev shot at officers with his sniper rifle, fatally wounding one of them.