Bishkek calls for Bakiyev extradition

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, May 7 (UPI) -- Attorneys in Kyrgyzstan called on the government in Belarus to extradite ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, deputy officials in Bishkek said.

Bakiyev fled his safe-haven in southern Kyrgyzstan to Belarus in April after an opposition movement overthrew his government.

Azimbek Nazarov, the deputy prime minister of the interim government in Kyrgyzstan, said the Bishkek government was calling for his extradition from Belarus, Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti report.

"On May 6, the Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office sent a request for the extradition of Bakiyev to the prosecutor general of Belarus," he said.

Bakiyev is charged by the government of opposition leader and interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva with murder and abuse of power. The Otunbayeva government said in an April decree that Bakiyev had allowed civilians to be killed during the April riots that toppled him from power.

The interim government said there was a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Bakiyev and other top government officials.

A constitutional referendum is scheduled for June 27 in Kyrgyzstan. Parliamentary elections are set for Oct. 10.


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