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Trial Of Ousted Kyrgyz President's Brother Again Adjourned

BISHKEK -- The trial of a brother of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev in connection with ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan last year has been adjourned for a second time, this time until March 25, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Akmat Bakiev went on trial in December on charges that include organizing mass unrest and violent attacks on law enforcement officials; extortion; illegal use of private land; illegal procurement and possession of weapons; illegal construction; and creating and participating in an illegal armed group during ethnic clashes in the south in May and June.

Akmat Bakiev was arrested in the southern city of Jalal-Abad on June 23, just weeks after clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz left more than 400 people dead.

The court decided on March 17 to postpone further hearings until March 25 because some witnesses failed to show up in the courtroom.

Former President Kurmanbek Bakiev fled Kyrgyzstan in the wake of antigovernment protests in April. He is living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The ousted president and his other brother, Janysh, are being tried in absentia in connection with the deaths of nearly 90 people during the April protests.

Bakiev is also wanted in Kyrgyzstan for embezzlement and abuse of power.

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