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Former Kyrgyz President's Brother To Face Trial Next Week

Akmat Bakiev's lawyer, Bubuaisha Arstanbekova
Akmat Bakiev's lawyer, Bubuaisha Arstanbekova
BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz authorities say ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev's brother, Akmat, will go on trial next week in connection with ethnic clashes in the country earlier this year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Supreme Court press secretary Bakytbek Rysaliev told journalists the trial will take place on December 15 in the Military Court in Bishkek under the jurisdiction of the Jalal-Abad city court.

Akmat Bakiev is charged with organizing mass disorder and violent attacks on law-enforcement officials, extortion, illegal use of private lands, 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.

The interim government launched an extensive search for Akmat Bakiev after clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz that left some 400 people dead in the southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad in mid-June. He was arrested in Jalal-Abad on June 23.

Kurmanbek Bakiev had to flee Kyrgyzstan in the wake of antigovernment protests in April that brought the interim government to power. He is living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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

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

Read more in Kyrgyz here