Former Kyrgyz PM faces "abuse of power" charges

15:40, May 05, 2010      

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General Prosecutor's Office of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday charged the country's former Prime Minister Igor Chudinov with abuse of power.

General Prosecutor's Office said it has filed criminal charges against Chudinov for squandering funds and property and abuse of power when he served as director-general of Kyrgyz state-owned gas company Kyrgyzgaz.

Chudinov was also accuse of illegally gaining and possessing economic benefits, and causing an economic loss of more than 4 million U.S. dollars for the country's Ministry of Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources.

In April 2005, Chudinov was appointed director-general of Kyrgyzgaz, the state company that procures gas supplies for Kyrgyzstan.

In February 2007, Chudinov was appointed minister of industry, energy and fuel resources.

In December 2007, he became the country's prime minister.

In October 2009, Daniyar Usenov was appointed by then president Kurmanbek Bakiyev as new prime minister of Kyrgyzstan, replacing Chudinov.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government said in a statement Monday it would offer up to 100,000 U.S. dollars for information leading to the arrest of ex-president Bakiyev and his aides.

The statement said some former government officials, including two former prime ministers under Bakiyev, Usenov and Chudinov, were suspected of having committed serious crimes and would be prosecuted by the interim government.

Source: Xinhua


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