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Kazakh High Court To Review Jailed Activist's Case

Police arrest activist Aidos Sadyqov in July.
Police arrest activist Aidos Sadyqov in July.
Kazakhstan's Supreme Court has agreed to rule on an appeal by jailed opposition activist Aidos Sadyqov, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Sadyqov's lawyer, Tatyana Lazareva, told RFE/RL that by accepting Sadyqov's appeal, the Supreme Court agreed the case needs to be reviewed. She said the Supreme Court requested all materials related to the case.

In August, a court in the northwestern city of Aqtobe found Sadyqov guilty of hooliganism and resisting police. He was sentenced to two years in jail.

Sadyqov pleaded not guilty, saying the incident between him and police was staged by authorities.

An appeals court in Aqtobe Oblast later upheld the verdict against Sadyqov.

Sadyqov, 42, was the leader of the Aqtobe branch of the opposition Social Democratic Azat party. He left the party earlier this year to form a nongovernmental organization, Gastat.