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Askar Akaev to be questioned in case he arrives in Kyrgyzstan -- General Prosecutor's Office.

Ex-President Askar Akaev will be questioned in case he arrives in Kyrgyzstan for legal evaluation of his actions, the General Prosecutor's Office said.

The General Prosecutor's Office reminded several criminal probes were launched against family members and cronies of fugitive ex-President Akaev, including the probe against Akaev's spouse Mairam Akaeva who headed the Meerim Foundation, son Aidar Akaev, former son-in-law Adil Toigonbaev and other individuals.

Over 30 criminal probes were launched following check of activities of the Meerim Foundation, which caused damage for the national budget of 64 million soms. Dozens of properties and assets were re-nationalized.

Former son-in-law Adil Toigonbaev was sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia, confiscation of property. He was found guilty of fraud, tax evasion. The court ruled to collect around $10 million soms from Toigonbaev in favor of Manas Airport.

Four criminal probes were launched against Aidar Akaev, who caused damage of near $3 million.

Mass protests on March 24, 2005 led to ousting President Askar Akaev, who was in presidential office for 15 years. He left Kyrgyzstan and found political refuge in Russia.

It was reported earlier daughter of Askar Akaev, Bermet Akaeva, arrived in Kyrgyzstan. Askar Akaev said she came to visit relatives.

Social media users began discussing possibility of return of Askar Akaev to Kyrgyzstan.

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Date:Aug 23, 2019
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