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Former Kazakh Uranium Company Officials Freed


Malkhaz Tsotsoria talks out his confession in a video by from Kazakh security services.

Malkhaz Tsotsoria talks out his confession in a video by from Kazakh security services.

ASTANA -- The Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office has dropped criminal charges against three former top officials at the state uranium company KazAtomProm, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Adai Aki, an official in the prosecutor's office, said in Astana today that all criminal charges against the three were dismissed because they "actively cooperated with investigators."

The three are deputy directors Malkhaz Tsotsoria, Dmitry Parfenov, and Askar Kasabekov. They were arrested in May and accused of financial mismanagement and corruption.

KazAtomProm Director Mukhtar Dzhakishev was found guilty of corruption and sentenced on March 12 to 14 years in jail. His supporters say the charges against him are politically motivated.
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