On June 23, at a press conference in Minsk Prosecutor General of Belarus, Grigory Vasilevich, commented on refusal to extradite the president Kurmanbek Bakiyev to interim authorities of Kyrgyzstan. "We did not find legal grounds to comply with a request (of General Prosecutor's Office of Kyrgyzstan to extradite Kurmanbek Bakiyev - Telegraf)", Prosecutor General said.
Grigory Vasilevich also informed that General Prosecutor’s Office did not intend to extradite General Vladimir Uskhopchik to Lithuania, Belarusian service of Radio Liberty informs. According to Prosecutor General, the General has answered the questions of Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office, and under the Constitution Belarus can not extradite its citizens to other states.
Kurmanbek Bakiyev stays in Belarus, invited by the president Alexander Lukashenko, after he was forced to leave the country as a result of riots broke out in Kyrgyzstan in April. Provisional government accused the president of Kyrgyzstan in killing of demonstrators during their protest against the country’s leadership.
General Vladimir Uskhopchik is charged by Lithuanian authorities with that he gave orders to fire on demonstrators in Vilnius in early 1990’s. Recent charges against him were changed in the way that the statute of limitations can not be applied to the case.