Ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev 'in Belarus'

The ousted leader of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, is in Belarus, the country's president has said.

Alexander Lukashenko's announcement ends uncertainty over the whereabouts of Mr Bakiyev, who was overthrown in a violent uprising earlier this month.

He had flown to neighbouring Kazakhstan on 15 April but on Monday officials in Astana said he had gone.

Kyrgyzstan's interim leaders have said he should stand trial over the unrest, in which more than 80 people died.

Mr Lukashenko had previously said Mr Bakiyev would be welcome in Minsk.

On Tuesday, he told the Belarussian parliament Mr Bakiyev had been in the country with four members of his family as guests since the previous evening.

"He is with us under the defence of our state and president," said Mr Lukashenko.

"He is the president of a state with which we are friendly."


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