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Slew Of Cases Target Kyrgyz Ex-Leader's Inner Circle

Aidar Akaev (file photo) (RFE/RL) June 30, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's prosecutor-general says more than 100 criminal cases have been opened against former President Askar Akaev, his relatives, and close friends.

Addressing reporters in Bishkek, Kambaraly Kongantiev said the ousted Kyrgyz leader and his entourage are bringing the state financial damages worth $14 million.

Akaev ruled Kyrgyzstan from 1990 until March 2005, when street protests forced him to leave the country and seek shelter in Russia.

Many in Kyrgyzstan are convinced that Akaev and his family, including his son, Aidar, and son-in-law, Adil Toigonbaev, enjoyed control over an extensive part of the national economy.

The Kyrgyz parliament on June 29 criticized the Prosecutor-General's Office for allegedly closing prematurely a number of suspected corruption cases and recommended that it reopen them.

Kongantiev today pledged that all investigations into economic crimes committed under Akaev's rule would be completed.


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