Appeal sought in Kyrgyz verdict

Dec. 15, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The nephew of the deposed president of Kyrgyzstan wants his sentence reduced for crimes committed during ethnic violence in the country's south, a court said.

Sanjar Bakiyev, the nephew of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, pleaded guilty to stoking ethnic tensions in southern Kyrgyzstan during the spring.

Supporters of the ousted president took control of administrative buildings in the southern enclave of Jalal-Abad, leaving at least two people dead.

The president's nephew pleaded guilty in November to his role in the violence but now wants an appeal of his 10-year prison sentence, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.

A court spokesman told the news agency he wanted his sentence reduced.

A Kyrgyz court is trying the former president in absentia and his backers for allegedly issuing orders to fire on supporters of opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva during an April coup.

Otunbayeva's supporters toppled the Bakiyev government, securing her role as interim president. The coup left at least 90 people dead and hundreds of others injured.

The trial was delayed at least twice after victims and relatives of those killed during the April coup stormed the court.

A review hearing for the former president's nephew is set for next Monday.

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