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Former Kyrgyz President's Nephew To Stand Trial

BISHKEK -- Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say the nephew of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev is to stand trial in connection with deadly interethnic violence there in June, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Prosecutor-General's Office spokesman Kubanych Sabyrov told RFE/RL the investigation of Sanjar Bakiev -- who is a son of the former president's eldest brother, Jusup Bakiev -- has been completed and he will face trial.

Sanjar Bakiev and five associates were arrested earlier this summer. They were charged with organizing an armed group, illegally seizing state buildings, instigating ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Jalal-Abad in June, and the illegal purchase and possession of weapons and ammunition.

A group formed after the president fled into exile, the Bishkek-based Committee to Protect Kurmanbek Bakiev, has rejected all the charges against Sanjar Bakiev and his associates as groundless.

Kurmanbek Bakiev has been living in Belarus since he was ousted in the wake of deadly clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and security forces on April 7. He, several of his brothers, and two sons are wanted by Kyrgyz officials for abuse of power, financial crimes, and giving the order to open fire on unarmed demonstrators.