Former President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, 63, has been sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison by a court in the capital Bishkek on June 23.
Former President Almazbek Atambayev has been convicted over corruption charges, which he denies. The court found Atambayev guilty of ordering the release of Aziz Batukayev, a man described by Kyrgyz officials as a mob kingpin who had been convicted of illegal possession of drugs and firearms and of organizing riots, from the prison during his Presidential tenure.
Under the ruling, the former President has been stripped of all state honours as well as his homes and business properties.
Supporters of Almazbek Atambayev dismisses the charge as being driven by political rivalry between Atambayev and his successor, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
Almazbek Atambayev was the President of the ex-Soviet republic between 2011 and 2017. He was also engaged in the revolts that toppled two other Kyrgyz Presidents.