Kyrgyzstan: Bakiyev accused of complicity in murder
Ex-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan, who is being tried in Bishkek together with a group of former senior officials, has been accused of crimes under several articles of the Kyrgyz Penal Code, Itar-Tass reported.
A public prosecutor said at the trial on Tuesday that the ex-president was accused of crimes under the following articles: the abuse of office, complicity in murder and complicity in an attempted murder. "Aside from complicity in homicide, Bakiyev has also been accused of the illegal creation of a number of state structures, specifically, the state ministry of foreign affairs, the structure of the state adviser for security and of the Central agency for development, innovations and investments," the public prosecutor said.
Aside from it, the ex-president has been accused of issuing a decree on putting into effect the Typhoon and Buran plans of the Kyrgyz police in March 2002. At that time Bakiyev held the post of prime minister. In the opinion of the prosecutors, as a result of that step the police opened fire at peaceful demonstrators in the Aksyi District, killing six demonstrators.
A total of 27 people, apart from Bakiyev, are facing trial on the April 7 case. These include Zhanybek Bakiyev, the brother of the ex-president, who headed the state guard service; Marat Bakiyev, his elder son, who held the post of adviser at the State National Security Service; ex-Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov; ex-Defence Minister Baktybek Kalyev; and Murat Sutalinov, ex-president of the State National Security Service. Six of them are being tried ad absentia, because they have left Kyrgyzstan before the beginning of the trial. Three more former senior officials managed to leave the republic after the beginning of the trial, including ex-Prosecutor-General Nurlan Tursunkulov and Oksana Malevannaya, who used to head the presidential secretariat. The Kyrgyz authorities twice requested the Belarusian authorities to extradite Bakiyev, but were refused both times.
On April 7, this year, several thousand supporters of the Kyrgyz opposition held a rally in the Ala-Too Square -- the central square of Bishkek, where the Government Building is situated. The most aggressive of the demonstrators tried to break into the building, but the soldiers, who were guarding it, fired at them. As a result some 90 people died and several hundred were wounded. Eventually, however, the Government Building and the republic in general were taken under control by the opposition.