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Kyrgyz Courtroom Scenes Leave Justice In Jeopardy

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Caged in the back of a courtroom, they were attacked by police during a court recess. When their lawyer complained, he was beaten by civilians attending the trial, then followed outside the courthouse, where he was set upon in full view of police, who were slow to intervene.

That is the scene that unfolded during a recent trial in the Kara-Suu district of Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh, as described by Amnesty International on October 1.

Up to 10 trials are being held in Kyrgyzstan with the aim of seeing justice done following the interethnic clashes that left nearly 450 people dead in the southern provinces of Osh and Jalal-Abad in mid-June.

Adding to concerns that the country could once again fall back into the chaos seen this summer is that the ugly incident in the Kara-Suu courtroom is not an isolated case.

"The trials are in no way fair and independent," says Andrea Berg, the Central Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), who has been monitoring trials taking place in southern Kyrgyzstan in which nearly all the defendants are ethnic Uzbeks.

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Kyrgyz Courtroom Scenes Leave Justice In Jeopardy

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