Babanov-Bakiyev phone call faked, officials say

Staff Report


BISHKEK – The Kyrgyz State National Security Committee (GKNB) says a YouTube recording of an alleged phone conversation between First Deputy Prime Minister and Respublika Party chief Omurbek Babanov and Maksim Bakiyev, a son of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, is fake, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported June 21.

The recording is a splice of two different conversations, GKNB officials told RFE/RL. Someone took a televised Babanov interview from 2009 and used portions of it to replace the voice of Janysh Bakiyev, Kurmanbek’s brother, in a conversation he had with Maksim, the GKNB said.

Maksim Bakiyev is wanted in Kyrgyzstan in connection with charges of corruption and other abuses. Authorities suspect he is living in England.

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