Kyrgyz leader poisoned but toxin unknown

Medical officials in the ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan confirmed the prime minister was poisoned after receiving death threats but said they have not yet identified the toxin.

Kyrgyz leader poisoned but toxin unknown
Medical officials in the ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan confirmed the prime minister was poisoned after receiving death threats but said they have not yet identified the toxin.

The presidential medical department issued a statement Tuesday diagnosing Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev with an "acute toxic hepatitis of unknown origin," but leaving open the question of whether the poisoning was deliberate or accidental.

Last week Atambayev said he fell unconscious for two days after drinking a cup of water at his office on May 11. He said he had to undergo an extensive detoxification, claiming "some government official" put poison in his water.

Atambayev said earlier he had received death threats connected with the government's recent decision to nationalize a giant semiconductor plant in the central Jalalabad region.

The Soviet-built Krystall plant that produces silicon for computer hardware was turned into a government-controlled joint-stock company in the mid-1990s and was seized by the government in April after a failed attempt to auction it.

Atambayev supported the plant's nationalization, promising to turn it into the "Kyrgyz Silicon Valley."

Last Mod: 30 Mayıs 2007, 13:54
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