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Ousted Kyrgyz President's Nephew Transferred To Bishkek Jail


Sanjar Bakiev, the nephew of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev

Sanjar Bakiev, the nephew of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz officials say former President Kumanbek Bakiev's nephew has been transferred from a labor camp in southern Kyrgyzstan to a detention center in Bishkek because of alleged death threats, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sanjar Bakiev's relatives told RFE/RL on September 20 that he was brought to the capital city on September 17. They said they do not know why he was transferred.

But Penitentiary System Control Service spokesman Joldoshbek Buzurmankulov told the state KirTAG news agency today that Sanjar Bakiev was moved to Bishkek because of information that his life "may be in danger in the labor camp where he has been serving his jail term."

In mid-May 2010, groups allegedly associated with former President Bakiev -- who fled during antigovernment protests the previous month -- temporarily seized the city hall in Jalal-Abad.

The following week, demonstrators tried to storm a university in the city, triggering fighting in which at least two people were killed.

Sanjar Bakiev was charged with helping to organize the first incident and with illegal possession of weapons. He was sentenced in November to 10 years in jail.

Kurmanbek Bakiev lives in self-imposed exile in Belarus, where he fled after being ousted last year.
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