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Former Kyrgyz Interim President Released

Ishenbai Kadyrbekov on trial last year

Ishenbai Kadyrbekov on trial last year

BISHKEK -- Ishenbai Kadyrbekov, the former director of the Kyrgyz architecture and construction agency who also served briefly as the country's interim president, has been freed from pretrial detention and put under house arrest.

A Bishkek district court made the ruling on April 13 after Kadyrbekov pledged not to leave the city.

Kadyrbekov, who is charged with corruption and abuse of his position as chief architect, was arrested on April 25, 2008. The trial against him was suspended so that an investigation could be conducted.

Kadyrbekov's lawyer, Azimbek Beknazarov, told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that Kadyrbekov's health also played a role in the decision to release him to house arrest. He added that a suspect can only be held in pretrial detention for one year.

Kadyrbekov, an opposition lawmaker during former President Askar Akaev's rule, served as interim president during the Tulip Revolution on March 24, 2005, after Akaev fled the country.