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Jailed Kazakh Journalist's Parole Appeal Rejected Again


Imprisoned journalist Ramazan Esergepov

Imprisoned journalist Ramazan Esergepov

ALMATY -- A Kazakh journalist jailed for revealing state secrets has had another appeal for parole rejected, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Ramazan Esergepov, who was chief editor and owner of the independent weekly newspaper "Alma-Ata Info," was jailed for three years in 2009 over an article he said revealed links between a businessman and the National Security Committee (KNB).

A prison appeals commission in the southern Kazakh town of Taraz on August 16 rejected his parole request.

Esergepov's wife, Raushan Esergepova, told RFE/RL that the commission cited Esergepov's alleged failure "to set about correcting" his erroneous attitude.

According to his wife, Esergepov's jail term ends in five months. His previous appeals for release on parole were similarly rejected.

Esergepov's supporters and rights organizations say the case against him was politically motivated because of his newspaper, which ceased publication after his arrest.

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