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Former Kyrgyz President's Nephew's Appeal Hearing Postponed

Sanjar Bakiev, the nephew of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
BISHKEK -- A court in northern Kyrgyzstan has postponed hearing an appeal by a nephew of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev into his 10-year jail sentence for involvement in unrest earlier this year, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Chui Oblast Court was due to hear Sanjar Bakiev's appeal but postponed until December 23.

Sanjar Bakiev pleaded guilty to involvement in riots in the city of Jalal-Abad in May, and was sentenced on November 2. He appealed his verdict, asking that his sentence be reduced.

In mid-May groups allegedly associated with the former president temporarily seized, then were forced out of the administration building in the southern city of Jalal-Abad. That incident was followed by unrest in Jalal-Abad the following week when demonstrators tried to storm a university. At least two people were killed in the incidents.

Sanjar Bakiev was charged with helping organize the earlier incident and with illegal possession of weapons.

Former President Bakiev remains in Belarus, where he eventually fled after being ousted by a popular uprising in April.