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Trial Of Bakiev's Nephew Postponed

BISHKEK -- The trial of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's nephew scheduled for October 20 has been postponed, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sanjar Bakiev and four other defendants are charged in connection with deadly interethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan's south in June.

Kyrgyz human rights defender Bubuaisha Arstanbekova told RFE/RL that the trial, which was planned to be held by Jalal-Abad District Court in the building of Bishkek military garrison court today, has been postponed to October 26. No further details were available.

Sanjar Bakiev -- a son of the former president's eldest brother, Jusup Bakiev -- and some of his associates were arrested this summer. They were charged with organizing an armed group, illegally seizing state buildings, instigating ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Jalal-Abad, 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 having no basis.

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