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Political court hearing scheduled on 6 May 2021:

Astana:

1) At 09:15, a trial on the motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 («participation in an extremist organisation») against civil activist Aibek SABITOV will take place..

Aibek SABITOV is being prosecuted for:

— Calls and participation in peaceful protests and subbotage (evening marches on Saturday);

— Reposting a Facebook post with a photo of Mukhtar ABLYAZOV and words of gratitude;

— Publication of a Facebook post about how “Koshe Partiyasy” and the “DCK” are true patriots of the country.

Aktobe:

2) At 14:30, a trial on politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 against civil activist Berik NOGAYEV will take place..

Berik NOGAYEV is prosecuted for:

— Calls to join the opposition “DCK” movement and participate in peaceful protests;

— Informing about political persecution;

— Demands to release political prisoners;

— Calls to vote for the Ak Zhol party on 10 January 2021 and to come out to peaceful protest.

Astana:

3) At 15:00, an online trial on the politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Parts 1 and 2 («organization and participation in the activities of an extremist organization») against civil activist Ainur MYRZALIYEVA will take place.

Ainur MYRZALIYEVA is being prosecuted on political grounds for:

— Calls and participation in peaceful protests;

— The fact that she called people to come to Dulat AGADIL’S As (memorial service) in Talapker village;

— Reposted publications by Mukhtar ABLYAZOV;

— Sending an audio message to Telegram on how to contact Mukhtar ABLYAZOV via ZOOM.

In its resolution on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan dated 11 February 2021, the European Parliament called on the Kazakhstani authorities to stop all politically motivated persecution.

We call on the US, the EU, the UK and Canada to impose personal sanctions against: Karim MASSIMOV, head of the NSC; Gizat NURDAULETOV, General Prosecutor; and Yerlan TURGUMBAYEV, Minister of Internal Affairs.