Friday, October 13, 2023

Kyrgyzstan cracks down on organized crime - Kamchybek Kolbayev

A day after Kamchybek Kolbayev was killed in an armed standoff, the chief of the State Committee for National Security, GKNB, spoke. “I am addressing criminal elements: do not break the law. From now on, in our country there will be no thieves-in-law, no leaders of organized crime groups, no criminal organizations,” Kamchybek Tashiyev said.
The GKNB said on October 4 that Kolbaev was 'liquidated' during a special operation in Bishkek after he resisted arrest and opened fire at security forces. The 49-year-old Kolbaev was a top level "thief-in-law" boss. Kamchy Kolbaev 'Kamchybek Asanbek', was added by the US to a list of major global drug traffickers in 2011. Kolbaev's criminal network is described as being "part of the broader Brothers' Circle transnational criminal organization composed of leaders and members of several Eurasian criminal groups."