Bakiyev family surrenders weapons

2010-04-17 09:58 BJT


Relatives of Kyrgyzstan's ousted president, have surrendered weapons to officials in their home village. It comes a day after the president himself, fled the country. The interim government said it's received a formal letter of resignation, handwritten by the president.

Police came to the ousted president's family compound on Friday morning. It was then that Kurmanbek Bakiyev's family turned over several hunting and assault rifles.

It's a sign that resistance from the Bakiyev camp could ease. But interim authorities are still searching for Zhanybek Bakiyev, one of the ousted president's brothers. There is a warrant for his arrest.

Zhanybek is the former head of the presidential guard service, and is accused of ordering shots be fired into a crowd of protesters on April 7th in the capital, Bishkek.

The former defence minister Bakyt Kalyev, who was also accused of ordering shots be fired at protestors the same day, has been detained.

The interim government said on Friday, the country would push for an international investigation of the violence, and that the ousted president won't evade justice.

Roza Otunbayeva, Interim President, said, "Bakiyev will not be able to hide anywhere in the world. None of the relatives or allies of Bakiyev that were with him until the end, have been allowed out of the country."

Kurmanbek Bakiyev flew to neighboring Kazakhstan, under a plan negotiated by foreign countries and international groups.

It was unclear how long he would remain in the country. He's turned down an offer from Belarus, for political asylum. But has requested that the interim government guarantee his personal safety.

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