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Former Kazakh Health Minister's Trial Set


Former Kazakh Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev was walking with crutches at his hearing on May 10.

Former Kazakh Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev was walking with crutches at his hearing on May 10.

ASTANA -- Former Kazakh Health Minister Zhaqsylyq Dosqaliev will go on trial for corruption and other charges on May 19, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Dosqaliev is charged with abuse of office, embezzlement, bribe taking, and the illegal sale of real estate. The Astana City Court has granted his request for a jury trial.

Kazakh financial police say they suspect Dosqaliev, 54, faked a stroke after they interrogated him in September. Dosqaliev was hospitalized and later transferred to a pretrial detention center in Astana.

President Nursultan Nazarbaev dismissed him from his ministerial post on October 8.

Also in October, several doctors who diagnosed Dosqaliev as having suffered a stroke were charged with "using their professional position to obstruct the course of justice."

On May 10, the Astana City Court held preliminary hearings into Dosqaliev's case.

Dosqaliev refused to answer questions from journalists after leaving the courtroom.

Dosqaliev's lawyers say he remains in poor health following the stroke they claim he suffered last fall. He was walking with crutches on May 10.

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