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Kyrgyz president 'to be stripped of immunity'

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The Kyrgyz president will be deprived of immunity from prosecution when the country's interim authorities sign a document that effectively replaces the constitution, RFE/RL's Russian service said on Friday, quoting a top provisional government official.

The Kyrgyz president will be deprived of immunity from prosecution when the country's interim authorities sign a document that effectively replaces the constitution, RFE/RL's Russian service said on Friday, quoting a top provisional government official.

The directive is due to be signed in the early hours of Saturday.

Azimbek Beknazarov, who oversees the police and military for the ex-Soviet republic's temporary government, also said the country's new authorities had no intention of holdings talks with Kurmanbek Bakiyev, whom they consider to have been deposed during recent protests that left at least 76 people dead.

He added that a criminal case had been launched against Bakiyev.

Bakiyev, who is currently in hiding in the south of Kyrgyzstan, told the BBC earlier on Friday that he feared for his life. He was also quoted by the Russian Newsweek magazine as saying that he was ready for talks.

Beknazarov claimed that the president was planning to launch a campaign of resistance against the new authorities.

The developments come as Kyrgyzstan held a day of national mourning for the people who died in the violent protests that erupted in the country on Tuesday and spread to the capital on Wednesday.

Askar Akayev, deposed as president in the 2005 Tulip Revolution that brought Bakiyev to power, dismissed on Friday media reports that the provisional leaders of the Central Asian state had not ruled out his return to his homeland.

He also told the Russia Today news channel that the violence that had seen Bakiyev flee the capital was a just end for a man, who came to power "on a wave of violence."

MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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