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Kyrgyz Prosecutor Inspects Alleged Akaev Properties

Former President Askar Akaev Bishkek, 8 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Kyrgyzstan's acting Prosecutor-General Azimbek Beknazarov toured houses yesterday that he says government agencies built illegally for ousted President Askar Akaev.

Beknazarov, who toured some of the properties with a group of journalists, said some state property was illegally given to some of Akaev's close associates.

"There are many such buildings. There is, for instance, a pension of the National Academy of Sciences. Some of its buildings had been given to such academicians as [former First Deputy Prime Minister] Kubanychbek Jumaliev and [former Kyrgyz Ambassador to Turkey] Amanbek Karpkulov," Beknazarov said.

The acting prosecutor said that authorities are investigating more than 20 companies acquired by Akaev and his family and associates.

In an earlier interview with RFE/RL, Akaev denied charges that he and his family illegally privatized and acquired some companies. Akaev said some of the buildings in question are rightfully his under a law governing the ex-president.