Bakiyev, Zhanysh

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Who, Why and How exiled:

Brother of former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev (2005-10). Led the security services until his brother's administration collapsed amid riots and protests in 2010. Fled to Belarus, where members of his family have resided since 2010. (BBC News, 2013)

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Former insider.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2010.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

The Belarus Prosecutor General has refused to extradite Bakiyev to Kyrgyzstan as it says the order is politically motivated (Belsat,  2012).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

Zhanysh, who was head of the security service, during Kurmanbek Bakiyev's tenure, was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for kidnapping, premeditated murder and other grave crimes (BBC News,  2013). Prosecutors had accused Zhanysh Bakiyev of ordering the killing of Medet Sadyrkulov, a former head of presidential staff (Reuters, 2013).

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Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Granted political asylum in Belarus in 2010 (BBC News, 2013)

Current status:

Assumed to still be living in Belarus.

Press sources:

BBC News, "Kyrgyzstan former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev sentenced," February 12, 2013. [Online]. Available at:;

Belsat, "Zhanysh Bakiyev to escape punishment?," September 6, 2012. [Online]. Available at:

Reuters, "Fugitive Kyrgyz ex-leader gets long jail term in absentia", February 12, 2013. [Online]. Available at: