Ousted Kyrgyz Prez told to surrender
Added At: 2010-04-13 10:54 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-04-14 4:39 AM
Agence France Presse
BISHKEK: The interim authorities in Kyrgyzstan today stripped ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev of his immunity to prosecution, warning he will be arrested unless he surrenders.
The move was the boldest yet against Bakiyev by the new government, which had so far said it would refrain from arresting him to avoid further bloodshed after protests that ousted him last week left 83 people dead.
“The temporary government has taken the decision to remove the immunity of the ex-president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev,” said the interim government’s deputy head Azimbek Beknazarov.
Bakiyev is in the southern Jalalabad region, his stronghold, after fleeing the capital Bishkek amid the protests. The ousted president remained defiant today, holding a rally in Jalalabad attended by thousands of supporters and irritating his opponents by still refusing to formally step aside as president.
“We can see that the president does not want to step down voluntarily and instead is issuing calls for actions against the people,” said Beknazarov.
“We have waited for him until today but today he is holding a meeting in Jalalabad,” said Beknazarov.
“A criminal investigation has been opened and if Bakiyev does not come by the end of the meeting in Jalalabad, we will begin an operation to detain him with the help of the special services,” he said.
He accused Bakiyev of surrounding himself with Chechen mercenaries and preparing to resist any attempts to arrest him.