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Tajikistan Extradites Two Kyrgyz Suspects In Official's Murder

The late Medet Sadyrkulov (center right), the former chief of the Kyrgyz Presidential Office, in a meeting with then-President Kurmanbek Bakiev.
DUSHANBE -- Tajik authorities have extradited two Kyrgyz citizens suspected in the killing of a top Kyrgyz official, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Tajik Interior Ministry spokesman Nusratullo Saidov told RFE/RL on December 14 that two Kyrgyz citizens -- Kadyrbek Dosonov (aka Jengo), and Sydyk Borbuev -- were transferred to Bishkek on December 13.

The two along with another Kyrgyz citizen, Chyngyz Jumagulov, are wanted in Bishkek for their alleged involvement in the 2009 killing of Medet Sadyrkulov, the former chief of the Kyrgyz Presidential Office.

Sadyrkulov, who served as presidential administration head for several years under President Kurmanbek Bakiev, was found dead with two associates in a burned-out car in March 2009, shortly after leaving Bakiev's administration to join the opposition.

At the time, Bakiev government officials said the deaths were the result of a traffic accident. But Sadyrkulov's relatives challenged that finding, saying the bodies were in positions indicating that the victims were already dead when the car caught fire.

The investigation into Sadyrkulov's death resumed in April 2010, after Bakiev fled the country after antigovernment demonstrations and the case was reclassified as premeditated murder.

In September, Tajik Interior Ministry spokesman Mahmadullo Asadulloev told RFE/RL that three men who might have been involved in Sadyrkulov's murder had been detained in Dushanbe.

Also in September, Kyrgyz Interior Minister Zarylbek Rysaliev told journalists in Bishkek that 17 individuals have been detained in Kyrgyzstan as suspects in Sadyrkulov's killing.

It is unclear whether the third person detained in September has been or will be extradited to Kyrgyzstan.

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