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Sapar Isakov Found Responsible for Bishkek HPP Failure

Tuesday 8 May 2018

BISHKEK (24.kg) — The Kyrgyz parliamentary commission investigating on the causes of the breakdown of the Bishkek Heating and Power Plant on January 26, added the name of the former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov to the list of officials responsible for the failed modernization and contract with the Chinese company TBEA.

Sapar Isakov

According to member of the commission Aida Kasymalieva (Social Democrat) who informed 24.kg news agency, at that time, Sapar Isakov headed the foreign policy department of the presidential administration and there is a letter where he recommends to sign the contract with TBEA.

The list also includes the former head of the government Joomart Otorbaev. She added that it includes the people’s deputies, who went to China and lobbied afterwards this agreement:

There is also an audit report of the Accounts Chamber, but in conclusion we point out that the representatives of the Accounts Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic did not send it to the law enforcement bodies for further verification. By the way, Temir Sariev, who headed the Ministry of Economy under the prime minister Jantoro Satybaldiev and Joomart Otorbaev, also criticized this contract.

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We also note that the Foreign Affairs Minister Erlan Abdyldaev signed the agreement, but there is a remark of his deputy Askar Beshimov, where he is against the contract and speaks of the loss of sovereignty.

While the deputy commission was working, the State Committee for National Security began to investigate the criminal case on corruption in the implementation of the project “Modernization of Bishkek HPP”. Seven former top managers of the energy industry were charged with corruption and arrested.

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