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Kazakh Rights Activist's Guilty Verdict Upheld

Yevgeny Zhovtis

Yevgeny Zhovtis

The Kazakh Supreme Court today upheld the guilty verdict against jailed prominent Kazakh rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Zhovtis, the director of the Almaty-based Kazakh Bureau for Human Rights, was sentenced on September 3 to four years in a labor camp for manslaughter after his car struck a pedestrian who later died.

Zhovtis and his lawyers have protested the verdict, saying it is retaliation by Kazakh authorities for his professional activities.

Domestic and international human rights organizations consider the case against Zhovtis to be politically motivated.