Accessibility links

Breaking News

Kyrgyz Trial Of Alleged Terrorists Adjourned

BISHKEK -- The trial of 10 alleged Kyrgyz members of the terrorist organization Jaishul Mahdi (The Messiah's Army) has been quickly adjourned shortly after proceedings started, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Ernis Chotkaraev, the judge chairing the trial, which opened on June 1, agreed to the request by a defendant's lawyer who asked that a psychiatric exam be given to her client, Bakyt Kenjegulov, who attempted suicide while in detention.

The trial was then adjourned until the psychiatric examination is completed.

The defendants are charged with an arson attack on a synagogue in Bishkek in September, a bombing near the Bishkek Sports Palace in November, the robbing of a U.S. citizen in the northern town of Sokuluk, and the killing of a policeman earlier this year.

The 10 defendants were apprehended in December and January. Two alleged members of the same group were killed in early January during a special operation by Kyrgyz security forces on the outskirts of Bishkek.

Read more in Kyrgyz here and here