Bishkek, Aug. 13 -- A number of criminal cases were initiated against the associates of former President Almazbek Atambayev and himself, Prosecutor General of Kyrgyzstan Otkurbek Dzhamshitov told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said that the former president is charged with murder of a soldier of special forces, using force against law enforcement officers, organizing mass unrest and hostage-taking.

Atambayev is also suspected of illicit trafficking of weapons and ammunition, Dzhamshitov said.

Besides, head of the State Committee for National Security Orozbek Opumbayev said earlier that Atambayev was seeking to overthrow the government of the country.

"His intention was a state coup. I say that officially," he said.

Atambayev was detai...