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Library Of Former Kyrgyz President Confiscated


Former President Askar Akaev's library in downtown Bishkek

Former President Askar Akaev's library in downtown Bishkek

BISHKEK -- The villa and library of the first Kyrgyz president, Askar Akaev, have been officially sealed and many of the contents confiscated, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Some 50 police sealed the library building and its contents, including Akaev's personal belongings.

The legal owner of the library's building in downtown Bishkek, Sanatgul Jamakeyeva, told RFE/RL that she was forced out in the September 15 move.

She said she will file a lawsuit against the police.

State Property Committee Deputy Chairman Almazbek Imanaliev told RFE/RL that the police were implementing a decision by the Supreme Court.

Library Board of Guardians member Toktaiym Umetalieva told RFE/RL that the owners were not allowed to be present and that police did not show official documents, as the law requires.

Akaev was ousted amid mass protests in May 2005 and has been living in Moscow since then.

His lawyers called the library confiscation a "forcible takeover."
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