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Trial Of Former Kyrgyz National Guard's Chief Of Staff Postponed

Photo from the April 7 protests in Bishkek.

Photo from the April 7 protests in Bishkek.

BISHKEK -- The trial of the former chief of Kyrgyzstan's National Guard, who is charged with ordering police to shoot at antigovernment protesters, has been postponed by the Supreme Court, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Representatives from the Supreme Court also announced on November 3 that the former National Guard commander, Daniyar Dunganov, would not be transferred from a pre-trial detention center to house arrest.

Daniyar Dunganov is charged with giving the order to open fire on demonstrators on April 7, when 84 protesters and two police died in clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and security forces outside the main government building in Bishkek. The protests toppled President Kumanbek Bakiev and brought the interim government of Roza Otunbaeva to power.

Dunganov's brother, Arstan Dunganov, told RFE/RL that the trial was postponed due to the judge's request for additional time to familiarize himself with the case. It was rescheduled for November 9.

Dozens of Dunganov's relatives and colleagues picketed the Supreme Court building in Bishkek on November 2, demanding that he be transferred from detention to house arrest.