Updated at 18:53,10-09-2021

Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan calls on Belarus to extradite Bakiyev's brother


The Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has sent a note to Belarus' Foreign Ministry with a request to detain and extradite Zhanysh Bakiyev, brother of Kyrgyzstan's ex-president.

Belarusian public activist Mikhail Pashkevich photographed on August 17 a man resembling Zhanysh Bakiyev, brother of Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was granted asylum in Belarus and was detected by the activist on Karl Marx Street in Minsk.

The Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan refer to these photos as to a proof that the president's brother is in the territory of Belarus.

At present, Bakiyev is on international wanted list, because he is charged with major criminal offences. In this regard, Belarus' Foreign Ministry sent a verbal note "to take comprehensive measures by the Belarusian side in order to arrest Janysh Bakiyev as soon as possible, and subsequently, to extradite to the Kyrgyz Republic", the press office of the country's foreign ministry said.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Askar Beshimov gave a note to Belarus Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan Viktor Denisenko on August 21. At a meeting with the Belarusian ambassador Beshimov expressed a concern of the Kyrgyz side over to the fact of Bakiyev's stay in Belarus.

The Belarusian authorities refused to extradite Kurmanbek Bakiyev to Kyrgyzstan twice. Information on Bakiyev's status and his location is not disclosed.