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Former head of Kyrgyz government found guilty of corruption

A court in Bishkek found ex-head of the Kyrgyz government Joomart Otorbaev guilty of corruption.

According to the press service of the court, he was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2 of Article 319 of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic «Corruption». The former prime minister was sentenced to a fine of 300,000 soms (approximately $ 3,500).

Otorbaev was charged in the Kumtor gold mine case.

Investigators found that Otorbaev, while serving as prime minister, signed an order to carry out work in the area of the Lysyi and Davydov glaciers, which caused harm to the environment. In addition, this order violated the provisions of the Water Code of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic «On Glaciers».

The former prime minister did not admit his guilt, but made a deal with the investigation.

The lawyer of the ex-head of government, Nurlan Sydykov said that the prosecutor’s office operates with laws that were not adopted in the final version at the time of the offense.