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Kyrgyz Authorities Reopen Aksy Shooting Probe

Prosecutor-General Kambaraly Kongantiev (file photo) (RFE/RL) March 13, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The office of Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General Kambaraly Kongantiev has reopened a probe into a 2002  police shooting of demonstrators, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

In March 2002, police officers shot dead six unarmed protesters in the southern district of Aksy.

The prosecutor's announcement today comes ahead of the fifth anniversary of the event on March 17.

President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who was prime minister at the time of the incident, has promised to prosecute all those responsible. Nobody has been convicted in connection with the killings.

(with material from AKIpress)

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