Former Kyrgyz president charged with mass killing, extradition ordered

Ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev gestures during a news conference in Minsk April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Kyrgyz interim government charges Bakiyev over massacre
(Washington Post):

Kyrgyzstan’s interim government said on Tuesday it had charged the country’s ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with “mass killing” and has formally prepared an extradition request.

Belarus took in Bakiyev last week after he fled in the aftermath of a bloody revolt. Moscow made clear he was not welcome in Russia.

“The former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has been charged with mass killing,” Azimbek Beknazarov, an interim vice premier in charge of security, said in the capital Bishkek. The extradition request would be sent “within days,” he added.

Bakiyev might also be charged with abuse of power in an official capacity, Beknazarov told reporters.

Troops loyal to Bakiyev shot into crowds of protesters on the night of April 7-8. Some protesters were armed and fought back and at least 85 people were killed. Bakiyev has maintained Moscow may have played a role in his overthrow.

Russian security forces detained Kyrgyzstan’s former top police official, Moldomusa Kongantiyev, and sent him home on Monday. The extradition signaled strong Russian support for the new administration that came to power after the uprising that started on April 7.

Ousted Kyrgyz leader accused in absentia of organizing murders, power abuse (RIA Novosti):

Deposed Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been accused in absentia of organizing murders and abuse of power in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a Kyrgyz interim deputy prime minister said on Tuesday.

Azimbek Beknazarov said Bakiyev has been accused of two charges so far: murder of two or more persons and abuse of office.

“There are already grounds for his extradition,” he said adding that the interim government has accepted a decree on Bakiyev’s resignation and removing his presidential immunity.

Bakiyev said on Friday that his resignation was not official as the necessary legal procedures have not been completed. The interim government said the president resigned on April 15 when he left Kyrgyzstan for Kazakhstan. Bakiyev has since taken refuge in Belarus.

He also said on Friday he was pressured into writing a resignation statement and the necessary legal procedures had not been completed to make his exit official accusing the interim government of being hasty in announcing he had stepped down and said he was under pressure when he wrote the resignation statement.

“We have sent several extradition requests for ex-prime minister Daniyar Usenov, Bakiyev’s son and brother, the former Chief of National Security Murat Sutalinov and others,” Beknazarov said adding that former high-ranking officials and Bakiev’s confidants were accused of mass murders during opposition rallies on April 7.

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