Kyrgyz ex-prosecutor held on coup charge



Moscow: Kyrgyzstan's former military prosecutor Kubatbek Kozhonaliyev has been arrested over an alleged coup attempt, his lawyer said Monday.

Last Wednesday demonstrators in the country's capital Bishkek demanded nationalisation of the Kumtor goldfield, and tried to storm parliament, throwing rocks at security forces. Riot police broke up the demonstration in which 12 people were injured.

The Kyzgyz prosecutor general's office opened a criminal case on charges of attempting a coup, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Three MPs have been arrested for allegedly urging the rioters to storm parliament and the presidential administration building.

Kozhonaliyev was detained during the rally, his lawyer Azizbek Turdaliyev said, claiming that his client did not incite violence.

IANS