In Kyrgyzstan, police officers took a written undertaking not to leave akyn Bolot Nazarov, who was detained at the same time as investigative journalist Bolot Temirov, informs Cactus Media. Ich accuse in the manufacture of drugs without the intent to sell. The detainees plead not guilty and insist that the drugs were planted on them. Temirov is known as the author of investigations on corruption, including in law enforcement agencies, and Nazarov performed songs based on these investigations. In one of his speeches, the singer criticized the head of the State Committee for National Security, Kamchybek Tashiev.
On January 23, Nazarov was taken out of the building of the Bishkek police department and taken to the Sverdlovsk District Court, where they are considering a complaint about the lawfulness of his detention. “The truth bends, but does not break,” said the akyn, whom quotes Kloop.
Earlier, Nazarov was visited in the temporary detention center by an employee of the Ombudsman’s office. The suspect told him that the criminal case was fabricated. According to Nazarov, “he has no money for bread, let alone drugs.”
January 20, 2022 Bolot Temirov’s channel Temirov Live published investigation entitled “How to earn 37 million soms in two days? Sadyr Japarov and the Tashievs’ scheme. In it, the author of the material, Bolot Temirov, revealed the involvement of relatives of the head of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan, Kamchybek Tashiev, in the activities of the state oil company Kyrgyzneftegaz. In particular, the investigative journalist told how Tashiev’s nephew’s company earned 37 million soms by acting as an intermediary in the export of Kyrgyzneftegaz products.
On January 22, law enforcers came to the office of Temirov Live in Bishkek, they conducted a search and seized system units and equipment, after which they revealed drugs from Temirov. The journalist was taken to the Bishkek police department.
Also January 22 detained singer Bolot Nazarov, who was found to have a bag of hashish during a search. The State Committee for National Security stated that Nazarov “leaves the office of Temirov Live all the time with drugs.”
Temirov said that drugs had been planted on him and Nazarov. The journalist’s colleagues believe that his persecution is connected precisely with the investigation dedicated to the head of the State Committee for National Security.
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov said he took control of the criminal case. “Any professional activity carried out within the framework of the law, including journalistic, should not be a reason for any form of pressure,” he said.
At the same time, he asked journalists “to refrain from public slander and unfounded accusations against anyone.” “Now the activity of every state enterprise is no longer secret, as it used to be. Everything works openly… From now on, the law should work the same way for all of us, whether they are journalists, officials or ordinary citizens,” Zhaparov concluded.
On January 23, a rally in defense of Temirov took place in Bishkek. Its participants demanded the resignation of the head of the State Committee for National Security.