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Kyrgyz Create Group To Find Escaped Murder Suspects


The escapees are believed to have been involved in the slaying of parliament deputy Ruslan Shabotoev.

The escapees are believed to have been involved in the slaying of parliament deputy Ruslan Shabotoev.

BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry has created a special investigative team to help locate three escaped suspects in the killings of a parliament member and two businessmen, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Ministry spokeswoman Gulsara Alieva told RFE/RL today that Jumabek Zikirbaev, Chyngyz Mamytov, and Ulan Kojoev killed a guard while leaving Bishkek's Birinchi May District Courthouse late on May 24 and managed to escape.

A hearing in their case had just been held.

Alieva said the suspects might have been aided in their escape. Witnesses said the escapees drove away in a car.

The three are charged with killing parliament member Ruslan Shabotoev and businessmen Bakhtiyar Jeenbekov and Igor Gizey in September 2008.
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