The leader of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Fatherland (Ata-Meken) party and a former speaker of parliament, Omurbek Tekebaev, has met with investigators in neighboring Kazakhstan in connection with the December killing of a prominent Kyrgyz journalist, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
Tekebaev told RFE/RL that he went to the Kazakh town of Qorday on March 27-28 to discuss the case of Gennady Pavlyuk, who was thrown from a building in Almaty on December 16 with his arms and legs bound. He died in a hospital six days later.
Pavlyuk had met with Tekebaev in Bishkek to discuss possible cooperation with Tekebaev's opposition party before he left for Almaty.
Tekebaev told RFE/RL that the Qorday investigators showed him pictures of five suspects they believed might have been involved in Pavlyuk's murder.
He said he recognized one of them, whom he identified as an employee of Kyrgyzstan's State Service of National Security (GSNB).
GSNB spokesman Rysbek Bykyn-uulu told RFE/RL that Kazakh authorities have not contacted the GSNB regarding the investigation into Pavlyuk's death.