Kazakh court sentences Taraz mastermind to life in prison

April 09. Universal Newswires

Kazakh court sentences Taraz mastermind to life in prisonA Kazakh court convicted and sentenced on Monday five men involved in the terror attack on the southern Kazakh city Taraz.

The ringleader, Bakhytzhan Zhapparov, was sentenced to life in prison, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

Prosecutors described Zhapparov as the “organizer, creator, and leader of the terrorist group.”

Three of his accomplices received sentences ranging from 18 to 20 years.

The fourth accomplice only received a five-year sentence as his crimes were limited to the illegal purchase, transfer, sale, storage, transportation and carrying of weapons, the Trend news agency reported.

A gunman ripped through Taraz city center in November 2011, killing seven. Two of those who were shot and killed were civilians, while the other five were policemen.

Kazakhstan has had little experience with terrorism on its soil since its independence in 1991. However, 2011 saw an upswing in attacks, though the Taraz incident marked the only time civilians were killed in terror-related violence.