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Two Former Kyrgyz Officials Will Not Be Amnestied

Investigators uncovered $5.8 million allegedly belonging to former Defense Minister Bakyt Kalyev.
BISHKEK -- Two former Kyrgyz officials have been deemed ineligible for amnesty under a decree signed earlier this month by Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Former State Property Minister Tursun Turdumambetov and former Defense Minister Bakyt Kalyev have been charged with economic crimes.

Jusupbek Akmatov, who is a member of the state commission for investigating financial malpractice by members of the former government, said today that neither Turdumambetov nor Kalyev would be protected by Otunbaeva's amnesty decree.

The September 3 decree applies to all people implicated in economic crimes provided they admit their guilt and agree to reimburse the state for damages. They also are required to submit an application for amnesty with all supporting documentation by October 1.

Investigators uncovered $5.8 million allegedly belonging to Kalyev in the AziaUniversalBank earlier this year. Kalyev reportedly has not expressed an intention to compensate the state for damages.

Akmatov said the financial damage Turdumambetov inflicted on the state had yet to be assessed. Akmatov said Turdumambetov was not eligible for amnesty because of his refusal to cooperate with the investigating commission.

Turdumambetov and Kalyev were in their posts when President Kurmanbek Bakiev was ousted in April.