Kyrgyzstan asks Latvia to detain Bakiyev son

Kyrgyzstan has asked the Baltic state of Latvia to detain the son of ousted Kyrgyz leader Bakiyev, the Latvian prosecutor's office said.

Kyrgyzstan asks Latvia to detain Bakiyev son

Kyrgyzstan has asked the Baltic state of Latvia to detain the son of ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the Latvian prosecutor's office said on Monday.

Bakiyev was toppled in an uprising in the Central Asian state last month and has since fled to Belarus. Latvian media have reported that his son Maksim, 32, has been in the Baltic state.

Andrejs Vasks, a spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office, said Kyrgyzstan had issued a temporary detention request against Maksim Bakiyev.

Vasks said however he had no information on whether Maksim Bakiyev was in the country. He added that his office had asked the Kyrgyz side for clarification, describing its request as "unclear and contradictory".

Latvian and Kyrgyz media have reported that Maksim Bakiyev has business interests in Latvia. Latvian officials have refused to confirm media reports.

The international police agency Interpol last week issued an arrest warrant for Maksim Bakiyev in connection with fraud charges. The Kyrgyz prosecutor general's office has also said a criminal case was launched against him on May 4.

The interim Kyrgyz government, made up of Bakiyev's opponents, has accused him of ordering troops to shoot against protesters during the April 7-8 uprising in which 85 people died, a charge Bakiyev has denied.

Reuters

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