Karimov told the editors of the newspapers "Litsa" and "Komsomolskaya Pravda" that they, and politicians who make unsubstantiated allegations against President Bakiev, could face charges in court if they ignored today's warning
Tursunbek Akun, head of the government's human rights commission, said the warning was reminiscent of the days of ousted leader Askar Akaev, who was chased from power by protesters in March 2004.
"Never, ever we should repeat the mistakes by Akaev and the previous regime,” Akun said. “Our country signed international conventions on freedom of speech. I think this step by (prosecutor) Uckun Karimov will undermine our country's authority. Our human rights commission will not support it and we denounce it fully."
(RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service)