BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz presidential candidate has been accused in parliament of meeting with the fugitive brother of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
Deputy Baktybek Kalmamatov said in parliament in Bishkek on September 21 that Janysh Bakiev, the former president's brother, held talks with former Prosecutor-General Elmurza Satybaldiev as well as United Kyrgyzstan party leader and presidential candidate Adakhan Madumarov in the village of Salam-Alik in the southern Osh Province in early August.
Kalmamatov asked Deputy Interior Minister Melis Turganbaev, who was at the parliamentary session, "if a presidential candidate meets with Janysh Bakiev, who is wanted for [alleged] crimes, then what should the next step be?"
Turganbaev said he knows nothing about the alleged meeting and therefore cannot comment on it.
Janysh Bakiev, former President Kurmanbek Bakiev, and several close associates and relatives are being tried in absentia for corruption and their roles in clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and security forces in Bishkek in April 2010 in which nearly 100 people died.
A total of 28 people are on trial for the violent clashes, accused of either having fired upon or giving the command to open fire on unarmed demonstrators outside the presidential office building in Bishkek.
Many of the defendants are jailed or under house arrest, except for Kurmanbek Bakiev, Janysh Bakiev, and several others, most of them close relatives of the Bakievs.
On September 14, Turganbaev told RFE/RL that Janysh Bakiev is also suspected of ordering the murder of former presidential chief of staff Medet Sadyrkulov in 2009.
On September 15, Turganbaev told RFE/RL that Madumarov -- who was Security Council secretary in 2009 when Sadyrkulov was killed -- will be summoned to the police to answer questions regarding the case, as will Satybaldiev and former Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongantiev.
Kurmanbek Bakiev is currently living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Janysh Bakiev's whereabouts are unknown.
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