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Kazakh Official Injured In Drive-By Shooting

Serik Baibatyrov (file photo)
Serik Baibatyrov (file photo)
ALMATY -- The chairman of Kazakhstan's Military Court has been hospitalized following a drive-by shooting in Almaty, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Police said today an unknown assailant in a Mitsubishi automobile opened fire on Serik Baibatyrov as he was walking in the street on August 23. Baibatyrov was hospitalized with chest wounds. His condition is reported as stable.

Almaty police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek told RFE/RL that Baibatyrov's former son-in-law, Ruslan Edresov, 39, was the main suspect in the case. His current whereabouts are unknown.

According to investigators, the two men have been at odds for some time. No more details were available.

Baibatyrov, 62, a professional lawyer, has served as Military Court chairman since March 2007.