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Two opposition leaders detained in Kyrgyzstan for coup attempt

October 04, 2012, 10:03 UTC+3

After the interrogation the detectives decided to detain the deputies for 48 hours according to the criminal legislation

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BISHKEK, October 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Leaders of the parliamentary opposition from the faction Ata-Zhurt (Fatherland) – deputies Kamchybek Tashiyev and Sadyr Zhaparov were detained in Kyrgyzstan on suspicions of an attempt at coup d’etat, their lawyers told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Their clients were summoned for an interrogation in the National Security State Committee late on Wednesday evening, they said. After the interrogation the detectives decided to detain the deputies for 48 hours according to the criminal legislation.

“The criminal case, in which Tashiyev and Zhaparov were detained, was opened over the disorders, which broke out in Bishkek on Wednesday,” the lawyers said.

On Wednesday, a massive rally was held in downtown Bishkek. About 400-500 participants in the rally demanded to nationalize the Kyrgyz-Canadian gold mine Kumtor. Some time later the demonstrators attempted to break in the house of government by force. The house of government stations the parliament and the presidential staff.

Tashiyev was in the first ranks of the demonstrators. “I just intended to go to my office,” he commented later on this fact.

The servicemen, who guarded the compound, had to use noise effect grenades and tear gas. The mob was ousted from the house of government and then was dispersed in the city. According to the latest reports, during the clashes between the police and the demonstrators 12 people were injured, most of them are law enforcers.

Over the riots in Bishkek, the republican police staff was put on high alert on Wednesday. According to the Interior Ministry, the situation in Kyrgyzstan is stable and is fully under control of the police. Overnight to Thursday voluntary guards from the public organization Patriot were involved to ensure the law and order for the first time in the last 18 months.

The interdepartmental committee, which included representatives from all Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies, was formed to investigate the criminal case.

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