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Kazakh Rights Activist Investigated In Deadly Traffic Accident

Yevgeny Zhovtis at a press conference in Almaty on July 22.
ALMATY -- The director of a Kazakh human rights organization is being investigated in a road accident in Almaty in which a man was killed, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Yevgeny Zhovtis, director of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Bureau, said that he was driving a car that struck a man and killed him late on July 27.

Zhovtis said he was returning home from a fishing trip when two cars on the other side of the road suddenly switched on their high-beam lights and a person went in front of his car.

He said there was no chance for him to stop the car in time and the person was killed.

Zhovtis added that medical tests confirmed he was not intoxicated while he was driving. Zhovtis is known as one of the most prominent human rights activists in Kazakhstan.