Kyrgyzstan sends to Minsk another extradition request for Bakiyev

BISHKEK, July 7 (Itar-Tass) -- Kyrgyzstan plans to forward to Belarus another request to extradite the former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan's Deputy Prime Minister of the interim government supervising the judicial system and law enforcement authorities Azimbek Beknazarov said on Wednesday.

"We intend to forward another request," he said.

Earlier, the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office refused to extradite Bakiyev as did not see reasons for that.

Kyrgyzstan hopes that this time the chances to bring back the former president and to institute criminal proceedings against him are quite high, because the first request was sent to Minsk when the power in Kyrgyzstan "was not legitimate", he said.

"This affected the decision of the foreign country," Beknazarov said.

Following the June 27 referendum Roza Otunbayeva became president for the transition period and the situation in Kyrgyzstan has changed.

"I have ordered the Prosecutor General, Baitemir Ibrayev, to forward another request to Belarus," he said.

Bakiyev was ousted as president amid April's opposition protests. Over the storm of the House of Government, where the presidential administration sat too, on April 7, the security opened fire against the protesters. About a hundred demonstrators were killed. The interim government that took over the power accused the former president and his brother Zhanybek Bakiyev, who was the head of the state security service, of brutal murders. The decree of the interim government deprived the former president of inviolability, and Kurmanbek and Zhanybek Bakiyev were announced as wanted.


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