Former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev sentenced

  • A Kyrgyz court sentenced former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in absentia on Tuesday to 24 years in jail for abuse of power.

    The former president's brother Zhanysh, who was in charge of the security services, was given a life term for crimes including murder.

    The charges are in relation to the killing of Meded Sadyrulov, a top official who is believed to have fallen out with the brothers.

    Bakiyev was ousted in 2010 during a violent revolt.

    The brothers fled to Belarus where they were granted political asylum. The verdicts announced enable the authorities to resume demanding the ex-president's extradition from Belarus.

    Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim nation of 7.5 million people, was once viewed as the most stable ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. However, since 2005, popular revolts have led to the overthrow of two presidents.

    A public revolt in 2005 deposed of President Askar Akayev and brought Bakiyev to power.

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