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.