Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev (left-center) walks with his brother, Zhanybek, and bodyguards at a rally in Dzhalal-Abad, 600km from Bishkek. (file photo)
Kyrgyzstan has recalled its ambassador from Belarus to protest against Minsk’s no-reaction to its request to help extradite former Kyrgyz president’s brother wanted for a variety of criminal offenses.
“This measure [the recall of ambassador] was taken after relevant authorities on the Belarusian side ignored the August 21 note verbal concerning the presence of Kyrgyz national Zhanybek Bakiyev, who is wanted for serious crimes, on the Belarusian territory,” the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said in a statement, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
Zhanybek Bakiyev, a brother of deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, is wanted mainly for shooting demonstrators in central Bishkek on April 7, 2010, when 86 people were killed, and masterminding the murder of former presidential administration chief Medet Sadyrkulov in March 2009.
Recently, after images of the wanted former Kyrgyz president’s brother made near a restaurant in Minsk appeared on the internet, Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said Bakiyev's presence in Belarus is “unacceptable”, and urged the country's authorities to assist in his apprehension and extradition.
Former president Bakiyev and many of his relatives and supporters fled into exile after a mass uprising in April 2010 that ousted the president from power.
Kyrgyzstan has repeatedly asked Belarus to honor its international legal commitments and extradite Zhanybek Bakiyev.