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Kazakh Opposition Politician Released From Jail

10 August 2004 -- Reports say prominent Kazakh opposition politician Galymzhan Zhaqiyanov was released from jail today.

However, Zhaqiyanov will remain under close police supervision at a confined settlement. Confined settlements have been used since the Soviet era to house low-security dissidents.

In 2002, 41-year-old Zhaqiyanov was sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of power and for embezzlement while a civil servant in the 1990s. He denied the charges as politically motivated.

Zhaqiyanov, co-founder of the opposition Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, had called for President Nursultan Nazarbaev to cede some of his powers to parliament.