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Ousted President's Brother 'Seen In Kyrgyzstan'


Janysh Bakiev, who fled the country following the April 7 protests that toppled his brother, former President Kurmanbek Bakiev, has been sighted in several Kyrgyz cities.

Janysh Bakiev, who fled the country following the April 7 protests that toppled his brother, former President Kurmanbek Bakiev, has been sighted in several Kyrgyz cities.

BISHKEK -- A top Kyrgyz Interior Ministry official says a brother of the ousted president, being tried in absentia in connection with the deaths of antigovernment protesters, has been sighted in several Kyrgyz cities, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Janysh Bakiev fled the country in the wake of the April 7 protests that toppled his brother, former President Kurmanbek Bakiev,

Deputy Interior Minister Melis Turganbaev told RFE/RL that police have information that Janysh Bakiev entered Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan and visited Osh, Jalalabad, and Bishkek. He did not specify when.

Turganbaev said an attempt to apprehend Janysh Bakiev had been made but failed, possibly because he still enjoys the support of some police personnel.

The two Bakievs are among nine former officials currently on trial in absentia for having given orders to police and security forces to open fire on protesters in Bishkek during the president's ouster in April. Nearly 90 people died in the clashes.

Former President Bakiev has been living in Belarus since his ouster.

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