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Kyrgyz Secret Service Linked To Journalist's Death
Kazakh investigators confirm suspects in Pavlyuk's murder
Ryskeldi Satkeev (ryskeldi64)     Print Article 
Published 2010-01-04 14:23 (KST)   
Kazakh public broadcasting channel KTK broke the news of Kyrgyz Secret Service's potential involvement in killing of a prominent outspoken media expert Gennady Pavlyuk.

KTK's report ( in russian) was based on confidential information from a Law Enforcement Agency of Kazakhstan, which launched an investigation into the death of a journalist in the city of Almaty. (See OhmyNews International's coverage of Pavlyuk's death)

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Kazakh TV station reported that three kyrgyz secret service agents arranged a meeting with Pavlyuk at the hotel near the apartment complex, where he was found dead. The KTK source confirms that the same agents were inside the apartment prior to journalist's death. Pavlyuk, bound with a duct tape, was thrown off the sixth floor, and was later spotted by locals.

Confidential statements from a Kazakh state official also told KTK that Kyrgyz counterparts were "passive in helping kazakh investigators."

Regional news outlets spread the news including Fergana.ru on its English page.

The State Security Service of Kyrgyzstan (GKNB) denied all accusations, calling them (in Russian) a hoax and misinformation.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz opposition leaders have accused President Bakiev and his family members of orchestrating a series of high-profile political assassinations and a "witch hunt" against outspoken journalists, human rights activists, politicians and opposition members.

A rising number of attacks on journalists in Kyrgyzstan has been a hot topic for the last two years, becoming a serious concern for international organizations including OSCE as German Deutsche Welle reports.

In addition, the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) political faction leader, Bakyt Beshimov, accused Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies of organizing failed assassination attempts during the 2009 presidential elections.
Janysh Bakiev
©2009 http://gdb.rferl.org/DFC7E1C3-0F04-4013-BF7D-DDE5B

Notably, three years earlier, President Bakiev's brother, Janysh Bakiev, was identified as the "mastermind" behind an incident where Heroin was planted in the suitcase of Kyrgyz opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev. His luggage was searched at the airport in Warsaw, Poland by customs agents and he was detained. Tekebaev was freed from a detention facility after a Polish Court order which found him innocent, according to Radio Free Europe.
©2009 http://www.afppd.org/Newsletters/Issue_Jun_Jul06/i

More recently, President Bakiev appointed his youngest son Maxim Bakiev as head of the most powerful State Development, Investments and Innovations Agency.
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