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Kyrgyzstan Asks Interpol To Help Catch Bakiev

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's interim government has submitted a formal request to Interpol to assist in locating and arresting ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Interim Government Deputy Chairman Azimbek Beknazarov told journalists in Bishkek on May 27 that the exact whereabouts of Bakiev and his relatives is not clear.

Bakiev was ousted on April 7 after a bloody uprising that left over 80 people dead and hundreds injured. He and his family members left the country for Belarus at President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's invitation on April 15.

The interim government that came to power in the wake of the antigovernment protests officially charged Bakiev, his brother Janysh, who was commander in-chief of the presidential security forces, and his eldest son Marat with "mass murder."

Bakiev's second son, Maksim, is wanted in Kyrgyzstan for alleged financial crimes. According to Kyrgyz investigators, Maksim Bakiev may have embezzled over $70 million during his father's five-year tenure as president.
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