Kazakhstan sentences 5 men for terror crimes
February 21. Universal Newswires
A Kazakh court on Tuesday delivered a guilty verdict to five men accused of complicity in extremist acts.
The five men, all from the northwest city of Aktobe, were found guilty of belonging to an illegal extremist group. They were also convicted of participating in an attack in July 2011 which killed two extremists and a policeman.
The men’s sentences varied between five and 13 years, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Aktobe last year was the site of the country’s first-ever suicide bombing, although the case is believed to be unrelated to the group sentenced on Tuesday.
Kazakhstan, which had seen little to no extremist action for most of its independent history, has been hard hit in the past 18 months with a series of attacks in the western oil provinces. A bloody attack in the southern city of Taraz in November killed seven people.