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Trial Of Kyrgyz Opposition Politicians Adjourned

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

The trial of five members of Kyrgyzstan's opposition People's Parliament has been adjourned.

The Birinchi Mai District court in Bishkek ruled that the trial must be postponed until September 7 due to their lawyers' motion to have the trial open to the public.

The court had earlier ruled to hold the trial behind closed doors.

Bekbolot Talgarbekov, Torobai Kolubaev, Marat Sultanov, Aleksandr Gusev, and Toigonbek Kalmatov are on trial for plotting to overthrow the government.

Authorities claimed that leaders and members of the movement had planned to seize power during a rally in Bishkek in May, which did not take place.

Some of the members were arrested before the planned rally while others were arrested in the following months.

The group had demanded the resignation of President Almazbek Atambaev, claiming they had the support of Russia.

The trial is being held behind closed doors.

Kyrgyzstan has seen two governments overthrown, in 2005 and 2010.

With reporting by Akipress and Interfax