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Kyrgyz Security Chief Names 'Spies'

8 July 2004 -- The head of Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service, Kalyk Imankulov, gave a news conference today to reveal the identities of five people arrested last week for spying.

Imankulov said Anvar Makeyev of the State Communications Agency, Interior Ministry employee Cholpon Ergesheva, former Interior Ministry employee Ulughbek Ashibekov, businessman Kurban Khavanshinov, and university professor Rashid Yusupov are in custody for spying for a foreign government. He did not say which for foreign government the individuals are accused of spying.

Imankulov claimed the five received $60,000 from the unnamed foreign government, and when security agents searched their homes some 700 documents labeled "secret" and "absolutely classified" were found.

Imankulov said all five had been under observation for one year.

Government sources in Kyrgyzstan originally said there were 10 high-ranking officials detained and that they were spying for extremist groups.

(Kyrgyz Service/ITAR-TASS)