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Kyrgyz interim government may bring charges against president

RIA Novosti


BISHKEK, April 10 (RIA Novosti) - Kyrgyzstan's provisional government may begin the process of bringing criminal charges against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev as early as Saturday evening, the ex-Soviet republic's temporary premier said.

Three days of violent protests that began in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday left at least 79 people dead and over 1,500 injured.

The riots led to Bakiyev fleeing the capital, Bishkek, for the south of the country.

"It's probable that this evening the provisional government will consider an order to bring Bakiyev and all the members of his family to criminal responsibility," Roza Otunbayeva told journalists.

The OSCE special envoy said earlier on Saturday that the provisional government and Bakiyev had held their first talks. However, he was unable to say what the outcome of the meeting was.

Azimbek Beknazarov, who oversees the police and military for the temporary government, told RFE/RL's Russian service that the country's interim authorities were planning to strip Bakiyev of his immunity from persecution.

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