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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kyrgyzstan interim leader urges trial of ousted president
Tara Tighe at 7:53 AM ET

[JURIST] Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] said Wednesday that ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] should stand trial for the violent protests [JURIST report] that erupted in Kyrgyzstan last week. The protests, prompted in part by a drastic increase in utility costs, led to at least 84 deaths [Reuters report] and many more injuries. It is not yet clear [Al Jazeera report] whether the interim government will seek to have Bakiyev arrested or prosecuted. While Bakiyev has not formally announced whether he will resign, he has indicated that he is willing to cooperate with the interim government to bring a peaceful resolution to the current political tensions.

On Tuesday, Kyrgyzstan's interim government announced that the country's highest court will be suspended [JURIST report] until a permanent government is established. Roza Otunbayeva launched the interim government [JURIST report] last week after the violent protests forced Bakiyev to flee the capital. The protests came just one week after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged Kyrgyzstan to protect all forms of human rights [JURIST report], including "free speech and freedom of the media." Ban depicted some recent events [RIA Novosti report] in Kyrgyzstan as "troubling," including the shutdown of an opposition newspaper, a police raid on a local television station that resulted in the station being taken off the air, and the confiscation of computers from a video web portal based on allegations of pirated software use.

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