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Kyrgyzstan Offers Rewards For Bakiev Kin

Janysh Bakiev, brother of the former president, headed his security forces.
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities are promising cash rewards for help in locating fugitive relatives of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The head of the interim government, Roza Otunbaeva, signed a decree on the bounties today. The size of the rewards was not made public.

Bakiev was ousted on April 7 after a bloody uprising that left more than 80 people dead and hundreds injured. He and some family members left the country the following week, first for Kazakhstan, then on to Belarus at President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's invitation.

The interim government that came to power in the wake of the antigovernment protests officially charged Bakiev, his brother Janysh, who was the commander 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 investigators, he may have embezzled over $70 million during his father's five-year tenure as president.