Ex-Minister Sentenced to 6-Year Imprisonment In Kazakhstan 11:11, 19/07/2002
The Supreme Court of Kazakhstan today sentenced an important businessman and prominent oppositionist Mukhtar Abliazov to six years of imprisonment for abuse of power while he worked as Energy Minister. Abliazov also must pay more than UDS 3.5 mln to the state. The court believes that Abliazov wrote off debts of an enterprise included to his own holding. Abliazov, a co-chairman of the Movement “Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan”, names the accusations politically motivated.
On Monday started hearings of the case of another co-chairman of the Movement, Galimzhan Zhakianov. Western countries and human rights organizations expressed their disquiet in connection with these trials.