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Laywers Assaulted At Kyrgyz Supreme Court

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court had to temporarily postpone hearings into a high-profile case after lawyers for an acquitted man were assaulted in the courtroom.

The two lawyers represented Shamshiddin Niyazaliev, a Russian citizen of Uzbek origin from Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Jalal-Abad.

In October, Niyazaliev was sentenced to life in prison for his alleged role in the killings of several people in southern Kyrgyzstan during ethnic clashes in June 2010.

In January, a court in Jalal-Abad overturned his sentence and acquitted him after his lawyers proved he was not in Kyrgyzstan during the clashes.

That decision was appealed to the Supreme Court by the victims' relatives, some of whom attacked the lawyers on April 2.

The Supreme Court resumed the hearing a few hours later in the afternoon and ruled that Niyazaliev's case must be reinvestigated.

Based on reporting by Kyrtag and

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