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Kazakh Court Upholds Sentence On Opposition Leader

Bolat Abilov (right) casts his vote in the December 2005 presidential elections (RFE/RL) 7 September 2006 -- An appeals court in Kazakhstan's Qaraghanda region today upheld a three-year suspended prison sentence handed down on the co-chairman of the Naghiz Ak-Zhol opposition party.

Bolat Abilov's lawyer, Semyon Alter, told the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency that he does not know whether his client will appeal again.

Abilov was convicted on July 24 of insulting a police officer and threatening him with violence.


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