Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan ex-leader sentenced to 11 years in crime boss case

Kyrgyzstan’s former president was sentenced to 11 years in jail Tuesday over the illegal release of a crime boss, a case that caused a violent power struggle with his successor.

The presiding judge at a court in the capital Bishkek handed Almazbek Atambayev the sentence of 11 years and two months.

The early release from jail of ethnic Chechen crime boss Aziz Batukayev in 2013 caused a scandal in Central Asian Kyrgyzstan.

Investigators later found that the medical documents that provided the basis for Batukayev’s release and subsequent travel to Russia had been forged.

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