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Defendants In Kazakh-Israeli Military Hardware Case Sentenced

ASTANA -- A Kazakh military court has found former Deputy Defense Minister Kazhimurat Mayermanov and Israeli businessman Boris Sheinkman guilty of corruption and sentenced them both to 11 years in prison, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Both had their property confiscated. Sheinkman, a former Kazakh citizen and career officer in the Kazakh Army, was also stripped of his military rank of colonel and government awards.

The Prosecutor-General's Office announced the February 24 verdict after a closed trial.

In April, the National Security Committee (KNB) said it was investigating the case of unnamed Defense Ministry officials charged with purchasing faulty artillery and other defense systems from Israeli firms.

The KNB said that as a result of the deal, the government incurred losses of $82 million.