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Supporters Of Jailed Kazakh Rights Activist Fined

Kazakh police detaining the protesters on September 30.
ALMATY -- An Almaty court has fined and warned three supporters of jailed Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Opposition journalist Zhanna Baytelova, human rights activist Olga Urazbekova, and student Rinat Ibraev held a protest featuring posters saying "Today -- Zhovtis, Tomorrow -- You" in the center of Almaty on September 30 before being arrested by police.

The court convicted them of holding an unsanctioned public rally the same day.

Baytelova was fined $42; Urazbekova was ordered to pay $85; and Ibraev received a warning.

Zhovtis, the head of the Bureau for Human Rights, was sentenced earlier this month to four years in jail for his role in a deadly traffic accident in July.

His colleagues and human rights activists consider the case politically motivated, and many Western countries have called for his sentence to be revised. Zhovtis has appealed the case.