Kyrgyzstan interim government suspends constitutional court Andrea Bottorff at 9:34 AM ET
[JURIST] Kyrgyz interim prime minister Azimbek Beknazarov announced Tuesday that the temporary government has suspended the country's highest court until the country creates a permanent government. Beknazarov said that the Constitutional Court will remain temporarily dissolved [RIA Novosti report] because it allegedly supports ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile]. Beknazarov also warned Bakiyev on Tuesday that he no longer has presidential protection [AFP report] from legal proceedings and that he would be arrested and face criminal investigation if he did not step down as president. A Kyrgyz court also issued arrest warrants [Interfax report] for Bakiyev's brother and son and the country's former prime minister. In response, Bakiyev said Tuesday that he would admit defeat [BBC report] if the interim government assured the safety of his family. Bakiyev offered to meet with interim leader Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] and called on the international community to investigate last week's coup [JURIST report].
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