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Kazakhstan: Reporter Wins Verdict Concerning Detention

Almaty, 19 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - A stringer for RFE/RL in Kazakhstan has won a court verdict against an Almaty police department which detained him earlier this summer.

Our correspondent reports that a court in the Kazakh capital ruled yesterday that Batyrkhan Darimbet's rights were violated when he was detained by police for six hours on July 5 while heading to the Kazakh parliament building.

The police accused him of intending to participate in a prohibited demonstration against Chinese nuclear testing during a visit to the parliament that day by Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

Two political figures, the AZAT Party's Deputy Chairman Kopbosyn Kamzabek and Kasymkhan Maykantegito, a member of a political movement known as the Zheltoksan Committee, were also detained. No demonstration was held.

Judge Ramazan Karibayev announced the decision after a two-day trial and ordered that Darimbet receive $150 as compensation. Darimbet had asked for $90,000.