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Kyrgyzstan strips ousted President of immunity

Kyrgyzstan`s interim govt has stripped ousted President of his immunity against prosecution.

Moscow: Kyrgyzstan`s interim government
on Tuesday stripped the ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev of his
immunity against prosecution and has asked the prosecutor
general to seek his extradition from Belarus to face charges
of mass murder.

The decree signed today by interim Prime Minister Roza
Otunbayeva said Bakiyev "allowed peaceful nationals to be shot
and thus deprived himself of the status of ex-president and of
immunity", according to RIA Novosti news agency.

Bakiyev was officially charged in absentia on April 27
for organising murders and abuse of power in the ex-Soviet
Central Asian republic.

Ex-prime minister Daniyar Usenov and former Chief of
National Security Murat Sutalinov are also wanted on charges
of ordering the murders of opposition protesters.

Bakiyev fled from the country and has taken refuge in
Belarus after bloody riots in capital Bishkek on April 7 in
which 85 protesters were killed and 1500 others wounded.

Yesterday, the interim government announced rewards of up
to USD 100,000 for information leading to the arrest of 12 key
officials and Bakiyev`s close relatives, including his three
brothers and younger son Maxim, who was head of the State
Investment Authority.


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