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Former Kyrgyz Security Official Turns Himself In

BISHKEK -- A former top Kyrgyz security official wanted for his role in the April shootings in Bishkek that left dozens dead and hundreds wounded has turned himself in to police, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office announced on July 21 that Nurlan Temirbaev, who served as deputy chairman of the state security service under Janysh Bakiev -- a brother of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev -- is currently in the National Security Service's jail in Bishkek.

Both Temirbaev and Janysh Bakiev are wanted by police for questioning. They are accused of ordering security forces at the presidential building in Bishkek to open fire on antigovernment demonstrators on April 7.

A total of 86 people were killed in the clashes, the majority from gunshot wounds. Hundreds were injured.

The mass protests on April 6-7 toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who is now living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Kurmanbek and Janysh Bakiev, their brother Akhmat, and Kurmanbek Bakiev's sons Marat and Maksim are wanted in Kyrgyzstan on charges including murder, embezzlement, and corruption.