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Trial Of Ex-Kyrgyz President's Nephew Resumes

BISHKEK -- The trial of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's nephew has resumed in Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Sanjar Bakiev and four others are being charged in connection with deadly interethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June.

The trial is taking place in the building of the Bishkek military garrison court but is under the jurisdiction of the Jalal-Abad district court.

The trial started on October 20 but was postponed until October 26.

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 as unfounded all the charges against Sanjar Bakiev and his associates.

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.