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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brother of Kyrgyz President Denies Planting Drug in Bag

ReutersJanybek Bakiyev
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- A brother of the Kyrgyz president on Wednesday denied ordering that heroin be planted in the luggage of the country's main opposition leader.

Also on Wednesday, a former airport security official claimed written testimony he purportedly gave about the matter was falsified.

On Tuesday, Busurmankul Tabyldiyev, the country's intelligence chief, and his top deputy, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's brother, Janybek, resigned amid a scandal that erupted after former parliament speaker Omurbek Tekebayev was detained in Poland when heroin was found hidden in his bags.

Tekebayev was later released for lack of evidence, and Tabyldiyev announced the resignations after a parliament session at which testimony attributed to the security chief at Bishkek's airport, Nadyr Mamyrov, suggested Janybek Bakiyev had ordered him to set up Tekebayev.

Janybek Bakiyev denied his involvement, telling a news conference that he gave no such orders and calling the scandal a "provocation" aimed at destabilizing the country.

Bakiyev also questioned the legitimacy of the testimony that was presented to the parliament Tuesday, in which Mamyrov purportedly said Bakiyev had ordered him to conduct a "special operation" with Tekebayev's baggage as he left for Poland last week.

Mamyrov denied he had written the testimony that was presented as his. "I did not write any statement. This statement is a forgery," he said in televised comments late Tuesday.