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Trial Of Ousted Kyrgyz President's Brother Postponed

Akmat Bakiev, the brother former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
Akmat Bakiev, the brother former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev
BISHKEK -- The trial of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev's brother Akmat in connection with ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan last year has been adjourned for one week, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz Supreme Court spokesman Baktybek Rysaliev told RFE/RL on June 15 that the postponement is due to one of the plaintiffs, Kasym Ismanov, not showing up in the courtroom.

Akmat Bakiev went on trial in December on charges that include organizing mass unrest and violent attacks on law enforcement officials, extortion, illegal use of private land, illegal procurement and possession of weapons, illegal construction, and creating and participating in an illegal armed group during ethnic clashes in the south of the country in May and June 2010.

Akmat Bakiev was arrested in the southern city of Jalal-Abad on June 23, just weeks after clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz left more than 400 people dead.

Former President Kurmanbek Bakiev fled Kyrgyzstan in the wake of antigovernment protests in April 2010. He is living in Belarus at the invitation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The ousted president and his other brother, Janysh, are being tried in absentia in connection with the deaths of nearly 90 people when security forces fired on protesters during the April demonstrations.

The former president is also wanted in Kyrgyzstan for embezzlement and abuse of power.

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