Karim Masimov Wiki – Karim Masimov Biography
Karim Masimov, the former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and anti-terror agency, has been arrested on charges of attempted government overthrow in the wake of violent protests that the president blamed on foreign-backed terrorists.
The arrest of Masimov was announced Saturday by the National Security Committee, which Kasimov headed until he was removed this week by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
He is 56 years old.
Kazakhstan Former Anti-Terror Chief Arrested
Former Kazakh National Security Committee chairman Karim Masimov was detained, the National Security Committee said.
On January 6, a pre-trial investigation into high treason was launched, the statement said.
On the same day, Masimov and other persons were detained and placed in a temporary detention facility on suspicion of high treason.
Karim Masimov was dismissed as Chairman of the National Security Committee on January 6.
Authorities say security forces killed 26 demonstrators in this week’s unrest and 18 law-enforcement officers died. The interior ministry said more than 4,400 people had been arrested on Saturday.
Public buildings across Kazakhstan were ransacked and torched in the worst violence experienced by the former Soviet republic in 30 years of independence.
Security forces appeared to have reclaimed the streets of Kazakhstan’s main city Almaty on Friday after days of violence. The Russian-backed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his troops “to shoot to kill” to put down a countrywide uprising.