Belarus receives extradition request for Bakiyev

MINSK, May 11 (Itar-Tass) --The Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office has received an extradition request for former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, head of the office's information and public relations department Pyotr Kiselyov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

"We have just received the extradition request and will consider it now," he said. "The request was filed on three pages by fax. Supplementary documents on 20 pages will be submitted later on."

Kyrgyz deputy interim chief Azinbek Beknazarov said several days ago that Kyrgyzstan would ask Belarus for extradition of Bakiyev. "Bakiyev was charged in absentia with the abuse of office with severe consequences and the complicity in the murder of two or more people," he said.

Minsk will turn down the possible extradition request for former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told Reuters on May 4.

"The possible extradition requests will be useless and humiliating for the interim government. The president of Kyrgyzstan is under the protection of the Belarusian state and president," he said.

"Apart from Lukashenko, Belarus has law enforcement agencies, and we will discuss the extradition of Bakiyev with them," Beknazarov said.


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