Kyrgyz leader slams Belarus

BISHKEK (Kyrgyzstan) - KYRGYZSTAN'S interim leader Roza Otunbayeva has condemned Belarus' decision to take in ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, warning that Bishkek would appeal to Interpol if he is not extradited.

'Kyrgyzstan's people may not react positively to Belarus taking in such a man that has the lives of many people on his conscience,' Ms Otumbayeva told reporters late on Tuesday.

'Anyone who suffered from him thinks that there can be no refuge anywhere in the world for this sadist,' she added.

'This criminal must be handed over back to our country. If that does not happen, there is Interpol,' Ms Otumbayeva added.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko confirmed on Tuesday that Mr Bakiyev was in Belarus, ending days of uncertainty over the toppled leader's whereabouts.

'Mr Bakiyev and his family, four people in all, have been in Minsk since Monday evening, as guests,' Mr Lukashenko said during an address to the Belarusian parliament. -- AFP


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