Kyrgyzstan Investigates Ousted Leader's Son Over Pentagon Fuel Contract

Kyrgyz prosecutors are investigating contracts received by Maxim Bakiyev, son of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, to deliver jet fuel to a U.S. air base used to supply forces in Afghanistan.

Under the contracts, Maxim Bakiyev delivered more than 1.8 million metric tons of fuel to the Manas airbase near the capital Bishkek, Farid Niyazov, a spokesman for the interim government, said by telephone today.

“Investigators have questions regarding fuel contracts given by the Pentagon,” Niyazov said. “There have always been rumors of corruption. As soon as the new government took power, prosecutors opened a probe.”

The Manas base, established in 2001, gained additional strategic importance when Uzbekistan closed a similar base on its territory in 2005.

The probe in Kyrgyzstan comes as the U.S. Congress carries out its own investigation, Niyazov said. He declined to elaborate.

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