27/08 17:43

11 suspected participants of Apr 7 massacre arrested in Kyrgyzstan

KABAR, August 27. The Kyrgyz Prosecutor General’s Office completed the investigation into the criminal case, which was instituted over a massive armed breakup of an opposition rally on the Bishkek central square on April 7, 2010, Kyrgyz Prosecutor General Baitemir Ibrayev said at a meeting held by Kyrgyz caretaker President Roza Otunbayeva with the chief law enforcers here on Friday. On April 7, the oppositionists were planning to stage a rally in Bishkek at the office of the Kyrgyz Social Democratic Party. However, the police were attempting to break up the protest action and to arrest the instigators. In retaliation the mob started hurling stones at the police and a fight sparked up between the conflicting sides. The looters captured the weapons brought to the clash site for the police task force Alfa. The protesters, who had taken the upper hand in the clashes with police and police task force, were going to the Ala-Too central square, where the Kyrgyz House of Government is situated. The servicemen inside the state administrative compound opened the fire for effect at the mob. Over 150 people were killed or injured in the gunfire. However, the oppositionists captured the House of Government, the former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had to flee the republic. According to Ibrayev, 11 people were arrested on suspicions of a major massacre of people on April 7. Five more people were put on the international wanted list, including brother of the former president Zhanybek Bakiyev, who headed the State Security Service, and his deputy Nurlan Temirbayev. On the list of the defendants are the former president, both his sons – Marat and Maxim Bakiyevs, the former Defence Minister Baktybek Kalyev, the former Interior Minister Moldomus Kongantiyev, as well as the former prime minister before these tragic events Daniyar Usenov and the former chief of the National Security Service Murat Sutalinov.  


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