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Report: Exotic animals in Bakiev home

By the CNN Wire Staff
Kurmanbek Bakiev was overthrown earlier this month.
Kurmanbek Bakiev was overthrown earlier this month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authorities search house in connection with criminal cases lodged against family
  • Official: Bakiev "can also be charged with abuse of power"
  • Bakiev was overthrown earlier this month after bloody clashes in Bishkek
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(CNN) -- A pair of bear cubs and snow leopards were among several exotic animals that investigators found during a search of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's family home, state media said.

The home, in the city of Jalal-Abad in the country's south, also had an ostrich, two falcons and four peacocks among other animals, the Kyrgyz National Informational Agency said Tuesday.

Bakiev was overthrown earlier this month after bloody clashes between police and protesters in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, that left scores of people dead.

Now in exile in Belarus, Bakiev has said he still considers himself to be the country's president.

Authorities searched the house in connection with criminal cases lodged against the president's family members.

On Tuesday, the country's interim government announced that it has also brought charges of mass murder against Bakiev.

Bakiev "can also be charged with abuse of power" and may face other charges later, said Azimbek Beknazarov, the deputy head of Kyrgyzstan's interim government.

A decree, adopted by the interim government Monday, strips Bakiev of immunity from criminal prosecution, Beknazarov said.