New charges brought against ex-president of Kyrgyzstan
MOSCOW, November 23 (RAPSI) - The Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office brought corruption charges against former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev who had been already sentenced to life in absentia for helping mastermind the murder of protesters during the 2010 coup, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
The charges are connected with illegal conversion of land use from agricultural to urban purposes. The lands had to be used for construction of luxury cottage estates. Bakiev’s brother Janysh, former parliament member Karganbek Samakov and his son Kubanychbek are also implicated in the case, according to prosecutors.
Bakiev and his brother Janysh fled the country amid antigovernment protests in April 2010. The two brothers were later granted political asylum by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
In February 2013, a military court in Kyrgyzstan sentenced the former president in absentia to 24 years in a high-security prison for abuse of office.
In July 2014, Bakiyev was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in the uprising, which left almost 100 people dead. The former Kyrgyz president was also charged with organization of two contract murders and other crimes.