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Bishkek Plans To Revoke Former President Akaev's Immunity

May 27, 2010

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's interim government says it plans to deprive the first president of independent Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akaev, of immunity from prosecution, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Interim government deputy leader Azimbek Beknazarov told journalists today that the government is discussing a special decree on stripping Akaev, head of state from 1990-2005, of immunity.

Akaev was ousted during the so-called Tulip Revolution in March 2005. He and his family have lived in Moscow since then.

In April, the interim government deprived Akaev's successor as president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, of immunity.

Bakiev was toppled by antigovernment protests on April 7 and had to resign and leave the country. He is currently residing in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Bakiev and some of his relatives and former associates are wanted in Kyrgyzstan for alleged abuse of power, corruption, financial mismanagement, and ordering security forces to open fire on the demonstrators on April 7.

Over 80 people were killed and several hundred injured in those protests.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/Bishkek_Plans_To_Revoke_Former_President_Akaevs_Immunity/2054444.html

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