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Kyrgyzstan blames ex-president for orchestrating riots

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 20:13

Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan`s interim government
on Wednesday blamed toppled president Kurmanbek Bakiyev for hiring
"provocateurs" to instigate the deadly riots in the south of
the country.

Bakiyev was deposed by violent street protests in April
and later fled the country, taking refuge in Belarus. He has
said he played no part in organising the riots, which left at
least 187 dead.
Bakiyev and his family "sent tens of hirelings, hired
hundreds of provocateurs to carry out their criminal plan,"
the interim government, led by Roza Otunbayeva, said in a

"The real reason for the tragedy that took place is
terrorist sabotage planned and carried out by members of the
deposed clan banished from Kyrgyzstan."

Bakiyev drew his political support largely from his
homeland in the south of the country and initially tried to
rally his followers there, before fleeing the country.

On Tuesday, Kyrgyzstan`s first deputy president accused
Bakiyev`s son Maxim of paying USD 10 million to organise the
inter-ethnic riots.

Maxim Bakiyev, 32, who headed a powerful state agency
during his father`s time in power, was held in Britain on
Monday after Interpol added him to its wanted list on
Kyrgzystan`s request.

First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 20:13
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