Kyrgyzstan: Former PM detained in mine corruption case

Source: Houston Chronicle

“Kyrgyzstan’s security services have detained a former prime minister in connection with an investigation of corruption involving the huge gold mine that is the country’s largest taxpayer. A statement from the State Committee for National Security didn’t give details of the potential charges against Omurbek Babanov, who was prime minister in 2011-12. Kyrgyz media reported that Asylbek Jeenbekov, a brother of the former president, also was detained Monday in the case. The investigation centers on the Kumtor gold mine, which has long been a controversial operation in Kyrgyzstan because of alleged environmental violations and strong sentiment that the government should nationalize it.” (05/31/21)

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