Several officials, military arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of coup plot

Several officials, military arrested in Kazakhstan on suspicion of coup plot

06 June 2016, 14:51 2042
Several high-ranking officials and military have been detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of attempted coup and organization of mass disorders, National Security Committee's spokesman Ruslan Karasev said, AKIpress reported.

"The National Security Committee detained several associates of businessman Toktar Tuleshev in Astana, Almaty and Shymkent last weekend. They included former First Deputy Prosecutor Genera, former member of the Constitutional Council Ilias Bahtybayev, former chief of South Kazakhstan Region Police Department Maj. Gen. Hibratulla Doskaliyev, former First Vice Chief of South Region Police Department Col. Saken Aitbekov, commanders of the military units of the Defense Ministry of Kazakhstan Col. Bekzat Zhumin and Col. Kairat Pernebayev,” Karasev told a briefing on Monday.

All the detained are held in the temporary detention facility. The court will decide on pre-trial restriction measures for them.

The businessman and owner of the brewery Shymkentpivo, Tohtat Tuleshev, was detained on January 30 in Shymkent, southern Kazakhstan.

He was accused of illegal possession of drugs, organization of murder and kidnapping, bodily harm of varying severity, deliberate destruction of property, hostile takeover.

"The investigative authorities have evidence saying Mr. Tuleshev was preparing for the coup, last year he undertook concrete steps preparing the violent seizure of power,” Karasev told reporters today.

"His action plan foresaw destabilization of the situation in the country through creation of several tension areas, organization of protest actions and mass disorders. He planned to set up a so-called alternative government and to change the structure of the current power amid all those actions,” the spokesman stated.