NSC confirms it conducted searches as part of investigation against Aizhangul Amirova

January 24. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana

NSC confirms it conducted searches as part of investigation against Aizhangul AmirovaAn investigation team of the National Security Committee (NSC) of Kazakhstan has searched the homes of a number of residents of Almaty and the Almaty region as part of the criminal investigation against the activist of the Zhanaozen strike movement Aizhangul Amirova.

“On January 6, 2012 the National Security Committee initiated a criminal case against A.E. Amirova and other persons under Part 3 of Article 164 of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan (incitement to social, ethnic, tribal, racial or religious strife),” the NSC said in a press release.

According to the release, the NSC has “sufficient grounds to believe that other persons may possess documents and items relevant to the case.”

“In this connection, on January 23, 2012 the NSC conducted searches and other investigative actions at the homes and workplaces of several residents of Almaty and the Almaty region. The investigation is in progress,” the release emphasized.

As reported, on Monday the NSC conducted searches of the Almaty office of the unregistered Alga party and the home of its leader Vladimir Kozlov.

The party told Interfax-Kazakhstan the searches were connected to Aizhangul Amirova’s case.

Aizhangul Amirova who represents Alga and the People’s Front coalition in the Mangistau region was arrested by police in Aktau (administrative center of the region) in early January.

On December 16-17 civil unrest in the city of Zhanaozen and the village of Shetpe killed 17 and injured about 100 people.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev imposed a state of emergency in the city that will last until the end of January.

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Vzglyad editor put in jail

January 24. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Almaty

All documents and computers have been seized from the editorial office of the opposition Vzglyad newspaper, where the National Security Committee (NSC) of Kazakhstan has conducted a search.

“The NSC officials have confiscated all our office equipment, including the bookkeeper’s safes and documentation. Even the journalists’ notepads have been seized,” the paper’s journalist Olesya Schelkova told Interfax-Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

According to her, the Vzglyad’s editor-in-chief Igor Vinyavsky is in the NSC detention center in Almaty. “He has been detained for three days without charges,” she said.

Olesya Schelkova said the leader of the unregistered Alga opposition party Vladimir Kozlov was in the same detention center accused of “incitement to social strife”.

As reported, on Monday NSC members searched the office of the Vzglyad opposition newspaper. A criminal case has been opened against its editor-in-chief Igor Vinyavsky under Part 2 of Article 70 of the Criminal Code (calls for violent overthrow or change of the constitutional rule or violating the territorial integrity of Kazakhstan spread through mass media).

On the same day the NSC conducted searches of the Almaty office of the unregistered Alga party and the home of its leader Vladimir Kozlov.

The party told Interfax-Kazakhstan the searches were connected to Aizhangul Amirova’s case.

Aizhangul Amirova who represents Alga and the People’s Front coalition in the Mangistau region was arrested by police in Aktau (administrative center of the region) in early January.

On December 16-17 civil unrest in the city of Zhanaozen and the village of Shetpe killed 17 and injured about 100 people.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev imposed a state of emergency in the city that will last until the end of January.

http://www.interfax.kz/?lang=eng&int_id=10&news_id=4854

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