Brother of deposed Kyrgyz president Bakiyev sentenced to life in prison
BISHKEK, November 27 (RAPSI) – Brother of deposed president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Janysh Bakiyev, was sentenced to life in prison for robbery, the republic of Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General’s Office told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. The sentence was issued in absentia.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his younger brother Janysh, who headed the Kyrgyz security services, fled to Belarus after the bloody uprising in Kyrgyzstan in April 2010. Both were accused of ordering the security forces to open fire on crowds of protesters. About 90 people were killed and around 1,000 injured as a result. The Belarusian authorities refuse to extradite the fugitive ex-president and his brother to Kyrgyzstan.
According to the verdict, Janysh Bakiev masterminded a theft of 22 million som (more than $500.000) from the building of Djalal-Abad branch of Kyrgyz National Bank during the coup and deposition of president Askar Akayev on March 24, 2005. He was also found guilty of inciting mass riots and organizing illegal paramilitary militias during the deposition of his brother in 2010.