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Former Kyrgyz President’s Son Sentenced in Absentia to 25 years Jail

Thursday 28 March 2013

BISHKEK (RAPSI, Reuters) – A Kyrgyz court has sentenced former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s son Maxim Bakiyev to 25 years in prison for corruption in absentia, the Kyrgyz Prosecutor General’s Office reported in a statement on Wednesday.

In April 2010, Kurmanbek Bakiyev – who came to power following the 2005 Tulip Revolution – was ousted in a coup. Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother Zhanysh, who were placed on the international wanted list, were sentenced in February in absentia to lengthy prison terms for killing their political opponents. Meanwhile, prosecutors state that Maxim Bakiyev was involved in corruption scandals together with his companions while heading the Central Agency for Development, Innovation and Investments. He allegedly used his position to illegally privatize facilities such as a Lake Issyk Kul recreation and treatment centre and the government’s stake in Severelectro. The actions resulted in damages of over 300 mln soms ( $7 mln) for the Kyrgyz government.

In October 2012, Maxim Bakiyev was arrested in London by the law enforcement agencies upon the request of the United States. He had earlier fled to the UK to escape trial. The U.S. Justice Department has accused Bakiyev of conspiring in securities fraud and the obstruction of justice. A London court has released him on bail. Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan seeks Maxim Bakieyv’s extradition.

In February, Kyrgyzstan sentenced Bakyiev’s father to 24 years in prison in absentia for abuse of office, and handed a life term to his brother Zhanysh, the former head of the president’s security service, for murder and other crimes. Currently, the two brothers live in exile in Belarus which has refused to extradite them.

About 90 people were killed when security forces opened fire on opposition protesters during the April 2010 revolt when crowds stormed and seized Bakiyev’s government headquarters.

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