But Tokon Mamytov, deputy head of Kyrgyzstan's National Security Agency, told RFE/RL late yesterday that security officers were not involved in the alleged abduction and charged that the disappearance was "a staged political show."
"No, no. The National Security Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs had no involvement regarding a detainment [of Akunov]," Mamytov said.
A spokesman for the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry, Joldoshbek Buzurmankulov, said he doubts Akunov's story because details of it are contradictory.
Akunov complained of a severe headache and said he was "gassed" by his captors. But doctors said medical tests showed no sign that Akunov was suffering the effects of any gas and that his condition was normal.