BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president Almazbek Atambayev was plotting to overthrow the government before he was detained in raids on his compound, the country’s security services said Tuesday.
Last week’s arrest of Atambayev, who was president from 2011 to 2017, has raised fears of new political turmoil in the Central Asian nation.
He was seized in a massive security operation on Thursday after an attempt to detain him the day before sparked lethal clashes between his supporters and law enforcement.
“He wanted bloodshed. His intention was a state coup,” Orozbek Opumbayev, the head of the national security services, told a news conference in Bishkek.