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Bakiev's Former Chief Of Staff Under House Arrest In Kyrgyzstan

Kanybek Joroev

Kanybek Joroev

BISHKEK -- The chief of staff of former President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been transferred from a detention center to his home where he will be under house arrest, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The transfer of Kanybek Joroev was made after a Bishkek court ruling.

Joroev was chief of staff for Bakiev from October 2009 until April 7 when Bakiev and the Kyrgyz government were ousted amid clashes between thousands of antigovernment protesters and security forces in Bishkek that killed 86 people and injured hundreds.

Joroev was arrested and placed in the National Security Service's detention center on April 29. He has been officially charged with abuse of power while in office.

On May 17 the former head of Bakiev's presidential secretariat, Oksana Malevannaya, was also released from the detention center and sent home to live under house arrest.