[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Kyrgyzstan charges ousted president
Bakiyev charged with "mass killing" as interim government requests his extradition.
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2010 15:32 GMT

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has said that it has charged Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the ousted president, with "mass killing" and wants Belarus to extradite him for trial.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, a week after Bakiyev fled the country following a bloody uprising of the proletariat that accused him of corruption and complained of increasing ulitity prices.

"He has been charged according to two articles - murder of more than two individuals and abuse of power," Azimbek Beknazarov, the interim government's deputy leader, said in Bishkek, the capital.

"We have a basis for him to be extradited," he said, adding that the formal request would be made "within days".

Beknazarov said that regional convention ensured that Belarus is "obliged to hand him over".

'Russian influence'

in depth

 

  Profile: Roza Otunbayeva
  Interview: Kurmanbek Bakiyev
  People&Power: Revolution gone wrong
 

 

  Inside Story
  Russia's growing influence
  Behind Kyrgyzstan's unrest
   
 

Videos:

  Ousted Kyrgyz leader seeks UN help
  Kyrgyzstan mourns victims of unrest
  Kyrgyz citizens look for land
  Bakiyev calls for protest probe
 

Roots of Kyrgyz uprising persist

 

Interview: Roza Otunbayeva

Bakiyev is accused of ordering the shooting of protesters as an anti-government protest on April 7-8 turned into clashes in which 85 people died. Some protesters were also armed.

Bakiyev has said that Russia was behind the uprising. Moscow has not allowed him to enter the country.

The interim government last week set parliamentary elections for October 10, with the potential for presidential polls on the same date.

The polls will come after a referendum on constitutional change on June 27 aimed at reducing the powers of the president by creating a parliamentary republic with strong checks and balances.

"In the new draft, the state and political system will be set up to prevent concentration of power in one hand.

"The president will lose his immunity and his family will not be subsidised by the state. The head of state will live on his own salary."

The proposed constitution will also limit to 50 the number of seats one party is allowed to hold in the 90-seat parliament.

The interim government has accused Bakiyev and his allies of election fraud last year and widespread corruption. His Ak-Zol party dominated the last parliament.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.