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Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed [JURIST report] to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A French court in Aix-En Province order the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. The French court agreed [AP report] to the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [JURIST news archive] on Monday upheld the conviction of an outspoken opposition leader accused of inciting dissent in an attempt to overthrow the country's government. Vladimir Kozlov [official profile, in Russian], head of the unofficial Alga! party [official website, in Russian], was found guilty of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan on Monday sentenced an outspoken political activist to seven-and-a-half years in jail for allegedly colluding with a fugitive billionaire to overthrow the government. Specifically, Judge Berdybek Myrzabekov found Vladimir Kozlov [official profile, in Russian], head of the unofficial Alga! party [official website, in Russian], guilty … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the government of Kazakhstan on Wednesday to ensure that the upcoming trials of two political activists and an oil worker comport with international legal standards for fair trials. Two opposition movement leaders, Vladimir Kozlov and Serik Sapargaly, as well as … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday urged the government of Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to allow an independent international investigation [press release] into the unrest last December that resulted in at least 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday demanded [press release] that authorities in Kazakhstan [official website] publicly disclose their reasons for bringing new criminal charges against a group of labor activists and an oil worker who participated in an extended labor strike in 2011. The National Security Committee … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [official website] sentenced 13 out of 37 defendants to between three and seven years of imprisonment for their participation in unrest last December that resulted in at least 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The unrest occurred in a remote desert oil town of Zhanaozen … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [official website] sentenced 47 individuals to 15-year prison terms Thursday on charges relating to terrorist attacks and financing extremist activities. The convicted individuals are alleged to be members of a terrorist group [AP report] and were subjected to a month-long trial, beginning in March and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. The bill dissolves current registrations and establishes a procedure requiring groups to meet membership thresholds [AP report]—at least 50 members … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The upper house of the Kazakhstani parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. Recently, Kazakhstani lawmakers have been unsettled by religious extremists [VOA report] plotting acts of terrorism across Central Asia's largest economy. The bill dissolves … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] on Thursday discharged six justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan [official website] for corruption. The Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office [official website] has opened criminal cases [RFE/RL report] against the judges, who are suspected of corruption activity. … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's parliament [official website, in Kazakh] on Wednesday approved amendments to the constitution which allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] to hold presidential elections in 2012 instead of extending his presidency until 2020. The bill was signed into law by Nazarbayev after unanimous approval by … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website, in Kazakh] on Monday rejected a proposed referendum that would have extended the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] until 2020. According to the council, the proposal, which entailed cancellation of elections [BBC report] scheduled for 2012 and 2017, was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] Friday voted unanimously to amend the constitution to authorize a referendum that would extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. The vote overruled Nazarbayev's decision last week to veto the proposed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday agreed to hold a referendum proposing to extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. Nazarbayev's current term is set to expire in 2012 [AP report]. If he continues to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] on Thursday announced during a local TV broadcast that he will not sign a controversial law that would grant him several presidential powers for life, even if he stepped down from office. Nazarbayev would be given a significant amount of power … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The upper house of the Kazakhstan parliament [official website] approved a constitutional amendment on Thursday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website]. The bill, which was introduced to the parliament just last week, was approved [JURIST report] by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday, and … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament [official website] approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website]. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev "leader of the nation," grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal [NAKT report] … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment removing term limits on his own presidency. The measure, which only applies to Nazarbayev, was proposed by the president last week and was approved [JURIST report] by a large majority of the Kazakh parliament [official website] … [read more]

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