Former Kazakh security chief held

Nur-Sultan: Karim Masimov, the former chief of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee, has been taken into custody on treason charges, the committee said on Saturday.
The committee said that a pre-trial investigation was opened into him and unnamed others on Thursday on suspicion of high treason, after the Central Asian nation was hit by violent protests.
“The former committee chair, KK Masimov and others were arrested on the same day on suspicion of committing this crime and placed into a pre-trial detention facility,” the statement read.
After nationwide unrest leading to a slew of flight cancellations, the Kazakh Industry Ministry, said, “Six international flights will take off or land at the airport in the Kazakh capital of Nur Sultan on Saturday.”
“International airlines plan six international flights to or from Dubai, Minsk, Kaliningrad,” the ministry said in a statement.
The minister said that more than 4,200 have been detained during the protests, some of them are foreign citizens.
“A total of 4,266 people have been taken to police. In one of the villages of the Almaty Region, more than 100 people have been detained. According to preliminary data, they are citizens of a neighboring country,” the ministry said in a statement.


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