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Trial Of Kazakh Opposition Leaders To Resume In February

Asylbek Kozhakhmetov and Bolat Abilov (left and second from left) at a press conference in October
ALMATY -- The trial of three Kazakh opposition leaders is set to resume on February 10, a judge for Almaty’s Medeu District has announced, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The three have been officially charged with conspiracy for allegedly assisting two suspected criminals in obtaining political asylum in Ukraine several years ago.

Unregistered Alga party leader Asylbek Kozhakhmetov and opposition Azat party leader Bolat Abilov pleaded not guilty, and questioned the legitimacy of the Medeu District Court’s handling of the case during their hearing on January 22.

According to the defendants, the case should be tried at Almaty's Almaly District Court since the charges they are facing are about their activities performed in Almaly district.

Judge Madi Koshikbayev announced on January 26 that the Medeu District Court’s involvement into the case is legitimate.