Ousted Kyrgyz president charged with mass killing

Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it had charged its ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with "mass killing".

Ousted Kyrgyz president charged with mass killing

Kyrgyzstan's interim government said on Tuesday it had charged its ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev with "mass killing" and had formally prepared an extradition request after Russian security forces detained and sent home the country's former top police official.

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, told reporters in the capital Bishkek.

He added that the extradition request would be sent "within days".

"Extradition of former interior minister"

The extradition of former interior minister Moldomusa Kongantiyev on Monday signals strong Russian support for the new administration that came to power in Bishkek after the uprising that started on April 7.

Bakiyev has maintained Moscow may have played a role in his overthrow. Troops loyal to him 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.

Kongantiyev -- who had been beaten during protests on April 8 and forced to shout "Down with Bakiyev!" -- was detained on Sunday in Russia and sent to Bishkek, a spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's National Security Service said on Monday.

"We have him in a pre-trial detention centre," he said.

Officials did not say where Kongantiyev had been detained but Russian media said he had been found in Moscow.

The interim government's chief of staff Edil Baisalov confirmed Kongantiyev had been detained by Russian security forces and sent overnight by plane to Bishkek.

He said Kongantiyev was under arrest and was being investigated for his role in the deadly upheaval earlier this month, among other things.


Agencies

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