Kyrgyz ex-leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev 'facing charges'

Bakiyev's administration is accused of ordering troops to shoot protesters

Ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been charged in his absence with organising mass killings, a leader of the interim government says.

Interim legal chief Azimbek Beknazarov said Kyrgyzstan would seek Mr Bakiyev's extradition from Belarus to face trial.

Mr Bakiyev was ousted in violent protests on 7 April in which more than 80 people died.

The interim government says his administration ordered troops to open fire on protesters.

"We will seek extradition of Bakiyev to Bishkek and bringing him to criminal responsibility," Mr Beknazarov said.

"Kyrgyzstan's law enforcement agencies have already been instructed to request their Belarussian counterparts for Bakiyev's extradition."

Mr Bakiyev flew out of Kyrgyzstan several days after the uprising, after failing to rally support in his native south.

He first went to Kazakhstan before flying to Belarus, where leader Alexander Lukashenko said he was welcome.

Mr Beknazarov said that the two countries had signed an extradition treaty.


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