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Kyrgyz President's Trial Adjourned So Victims' Names Can Be Read

Judge Damir Onolbekov chairs the trial of former high-ranking Kyrgyz officials, in Bishkek.
Judge Damir Onolbekov chairs the trial of former high-ranking Kyrgyz officials, in Bishkek.
BISHKEK -- The trial of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev and his associates was adjourned today to give the judge time to prepare a complete list of their alleged victims, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

The list was demanded by victims and relatives of those killed and injured during last year's antigovernment uprising that led to Bakiev's ouster.

The group protested that Judge Damir Onolbekov mentioned only three names when he read a summary of the charges naming the alleged victims in the case.

They demanded that the names of all of the more than 80 people who died in the antigovernment demonstrations on April 7 should be included on the list. Onolbekov adjourned the trial after agreeing to make a complete list.

It is not known if those who were injured in the violence or the two policemen killed in Bishkek will also be included.

The trial of Bakiev and 27 other former top Kyrgyz officials resumed last week after a four-month break.

Bakiev and his former associates are accused of having fired upon, or given the command to open fire on, unarmed protesters in Bishkek during the protests.

Many of the defendants are jailed or under house arrest, with the exception of Bakiev and several other defendants, all of whom are being tried in absentia. Bakiev lives in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The trial started in November in the Sports Palace in Bishkek with hundreds of spectators but has been adjourned several times following rowdy scenes in which some relatives of the victims of the uprising threatened the defendants, their lawyers, and family members.

Read more in Kyrgyz here