Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday in his interview with Reuters that he would not hand over Kyrgyzstan's ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to face charges over the violent upheaval in the Central Asian nation last month.
"Nobody has appealed to me officially [with an extradition request]," Lukashenko said. "But I want to immediately declare officially: these requests will be hopeless and humiliating for the interim government."
"The president of Kyrgyzstan is under the protection of the Belarusian state and its president," said Alexander Lukashenko.
Kyrgyzstan's interim government, led by Roza Otunbayeva, ordered prosecutors to seek Bakiyev's extradition as he is accused of brutal shooting and killing of civilians, firing into people with use of tear gas and rubber bullets.