Ex-intelligence Chief arrested for treason in Kazakhstan unrest.
Written by News Room on January 9, 2022
Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief Karim Massimov has been arrested on suspicion of treason following nationwide anti-government protests.
The detention of Karim Massimov was announced by the National Security Committee, a body he headed until his removal this week.
Authorities now appear to be back in control of the largest city Almaty although President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said terrorist attacks were still happening in some places.
He made the comments in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who sent hundreds of troops to Kazakhstan this week to help restore order.
President Tokayev has blamed foreign-trained terrorists for the unrest, without giving evidence.