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Kazakh Journalist Throws Manure At Almaty Court

Manure outside the Almaty city court today
ALMATY -- A Kazakh journalist threw dung at the Almaty city court building today to protest the court's rejection of her lawsuit against Prime Minister Karim Masimov and other politicians, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Zhanna Baytelova had filed a case against Masimov, Senate speaker Qasymzhomart Toqaev, and lower house speaker Oral Mukhamedzhanov in the Zhetysu district court for what she termed their "illegal decision to sign the law on the 'leader of the nation,'" which became official in mid-June.

The district court decided not to accept Baytelov's case, so she took it to the Almaty city court, which refused her case on July 27.

The law on the "leader of the nation" widened the rights and powers of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev and his relatives.

Baytelova, who works for the opposition newspaper "Golos Respubliki" (Voice of the Republic), told journalists that by throwing dung at the court building she wanted to register her protest against the Kazakh courts' "illegal decisions."