Security services in Kyrgyzstan have filed criminal charges against a veteran politician known best for his active role in fomenting two successful antigovernment revolts, a feat that has earned him the nickname “revolution bulldozer.”
Azimbek Beknazarov is accused of giving false testimony during the trial of Omurbek Tekebayev, another seasoned and now-jailed opposition rabble-rouser. Tekebayev was last month found guilty of bribery and jailed to serve four years in jail, but investigators claim Beknazarov lied in court to help out his colleague.
During his testimony, on July 19, Beknazarov told the court that Tekebayev was in no way related to the Megacom mobile company at the center of the bribery case.
“And yet, Beknazarov was heard in recorded telephone exchanges stating that Tekebayev and other Ata-Meken party supporters who were part of the interim government of 2010 tried to gain control over Megacom by interfering in the company’s affairs,” the State Committee for National Security said in a statement.
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