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The second court hearing on the politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 against the civil activist and human rights defender of the human rights group «Article 14» ABAIBEK SULTANOV

7 April 2021 #Kaskelen The second court hearing on the politically motivated criminal case under Article 405 Part 2 («participation in an extremist organisation») against the civil activist and human rights defender of the human rights group «Article 14» Abaibek #SULTANOV was held in the Karasay district court.

The trial was held online, the judge #KOSHERBAY M.J. rejected the motion to hold the trial offline because of the quarantine, although other trials are held offline in this court.

In the second hearing, the only witness in the case, Bolatbek BOLYSBEKOV, an operative of the Department for Combating Extremism of the Almaty Region Police Department, was invited.At the trial, Bolatbek BOLYSBEKOV did not answer many of the key questions posed by lawyer Z. BALGABAYEVA, answering vaguely: «…I do not remember, …do not know».

It should be reminded that Bolatbek BOLYSBEKOV after an illegal search of the house of SULTANOV Abaibek, on 30 October 2020, together with other police officers illegally took SULTANOV Abaibek to the city of Taldykorgan for questioning. Where subsequently, late at night, Bolatbek BOLYSBEKOV found a flat for Abaibek in which police officers attempted to poison SULTANOV Abaibek with gas.

We would also like to point out that at the second hearing of the trial there was a substitution of a prosecutor. According to the new prosecutor, his colleague is engaged in another trial. Due to this substitution the defence plan of the defence lawyer and the quality of the trial were disrupted due to the lack of knowledge of some of the circumstances of the case by the new substituted prosecutor.

In connection with this circumstance, at the next trial, which is going to take place on 21 April 2021, the lawyer BALGABAYEVA Z. motions to summon an investigator TANATAROV as a witness.

Also, the lawyer asked to include in the case file a resolution of the European Parliament dated 11 February 2021. Judge #KOSHERBAY M.J. did not satisfy this motion, but left the issue open.

As we see, trials are held with discrimination and violation of SULTANOV Abaibek’s rights to open and fair trial.