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Court Orders Seven-Year Jail Term For Brother Of Ex-Kyrgyz President

Akmat Bakiev, brother of ousted Kyrgyz president, early in his trial in the Bishkek garrison military court in January.
BISHKEK -- Akmat Bakiev, a brother of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, has been ordered jailed for seven years for crimes committed following his brother's overthrow last year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Supreme Court spokesman Bakytbek Rysaliev said Akmat Bakiev was found guilty of all charges by a military court in Bishkek.

The charges included organizing mass unrest and violent attacks on security officials, extortion, illegal use of private land, illegal procurement and possession of weapons, and creating and participating in an illegal armed group during ethnic clashes in May and June 2010.

Bakiev's lawyer, Anarbek Jakypov, told journalists he would appeal the court's decision with the Jalal-Abad Oblast Court.

The prosecution had asked the court to sentence Akmat Bakiev to 18 years in jail.

He was arrested in the southern city of Jalal-Abad on June 23, 2010, just weeks after clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz left more than 400 people dead.

Kurmanbek Bakiev fled Kyrgyzstan in the wake of antigovernment protests in April 2010. The ex-president is currently living in Belarus.

The ousted president and his other brother, Janysh, and more than 20 others are being tried in absentia in connection with the deaths of nearly 100 people when security forces fired on protesters during the April demonstrations.

The former president is also wanted in Kyrgyzstan for embezzlement and abuse of power.

Read more in Kyrgyz here