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Ousted Osh Mayor, Deputy Blamed For Unrest In Kyrgyzstan

Mamasadyk Bakirov
Mamasadyk Bakirov
OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- A criminal case has been opened against the former mayor of the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sources in the Osh prosecutor's office told RFE/RL that former Mayor Mamasadyk Bakirov and his deputy, Aytmamat Kadyrbaev, are officially accused of organizing mass disorder in the city on May 13.

Supporters of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev took over the local government building and declared Bakirov the city's "legitimate head" of the region's government on May 13. They also demanded Bakiev's return as the country's "legitimate president."

Similar actions took place in the southern cities of Batken and Jalal-Abad, Bakiev's hometown.

But supporters of Kyrgyzstan's interim government later regained control of the government headquarters in the three cities the following day.

Bakiev was toppled by mass protests in Bishkek on April 7. He eventually resigned and found refuge in Belarus.

It is not clear whether Bakirov and Kadyrbaev have been detained.