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FREEDOM!

1) On 7 April 2021, a civil activist from Talgar, SABANSHIYEV Yerkyn, was illegally sentenced to 1 year of restriction of liberty in a politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 of the Criminal Code («participation in an extremist organisation»).

Judge KELEMSEITOV Yerkebulan also imposed 100 hours of community service, ordered Yerkyn SABANSHIYEV to pay court fees in the amount of 840 and 50 tenge and the amount — 27,780 tenge to the «Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund».

The judge illegally prohibited Yerkyn SABANSHIYEV from performing social activities and using social networks for 3 years.

Yerkin SABANSHIYEV is a participant of peaceful protests, pickets and a former political prisoner. He participated in the fundraising campaigns for the families of political prisoners.

2) On 7 April 2021, a court of appeal on a politically motivated criminal case against Baghdat BAKTYBAYEV, a civil activist and participant of peaceful protests from Shu (Zhambyl oblast) under Article 405 Part 1 of the Criminal Code («organisation of activities of an extremist organisation») was held.

The court reduced the sentence from two years to one year of restriction of liberty, but left the ban on the use of social networks for 5 years, mandatory payment of court fees and compulsory payment to the «Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund»; 80 hours of community service.

It should be reminded that on 4 February 2021, Baghdat BAKTYBAYEV was illegally sentenced to 2 years of restriction of liberty, a 5-year ban on the use of social networks, 25736 tenge (61$) for forensic examination and 55560 tenge (132$) as a compulsory payment to the «Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund».

In its resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan dated 11 February 2021, the European Parliament has called on the Kazakhstani authorities to stop all politically motivated prosecutions and lift freedom restrictions imposed on civil society and opposition activists.

The European Parliament condemned the abuse of anti-extremism legislation by the Kazakhstani authorities to persecute supporters of the peaceful opposition movements “DCK” and “Koshe Partiyasy”.