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The Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek announced on Saturday that former Kyrgyz customs official, Raimbek Matraimov, who was found guilty of corruption earlier this month, is being detained on fresh money laundering charges.
The announcement comes only days after demonstrators took to the streets to protest the court’s earlier decision to fine Matraimov 260,000 soms (roughly USD $3000) after finding him guilty of corruption, a penalty that many saw as too lenient for the gravity of the offense.
Under the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic, corruption is punishable by eight to fifteen years’ imprisonment.
Matraimov not only evaded a prison term, but was ordered to pay a fine representing only 0.00043 percent of the total funds Matraimov’s network is believed to have funneled out of the country.
After the court’s decision on February 11, Matraimov’s bank accounts were unfrozen, and his confiscated property returned.