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Former Kyrgyz President's Chief Of Staff Arrested

Kanybek Joroev (file photo)
Kanybek Joroev (file photo)
BISHKEK -- The former chief of staff of Kyrgyzstan's presidential office has been arrested, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sources at the Bishkek prosecutor's office told RFE/RL that Kanybek Joroev was transferred to the National Security Service detention center in Bishkek.

He is being charged with abuse of power.

Joroev, who is from the southern Batken region, was a close associate of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Gulnara Derbisheva, a member of the disbanded parliament, told RFE/RL that some people in the Batken and the southern Lyailyak area are collecting signatures demanding Joroev's release.