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Former Kazakh Consul Convicted In Illegal Visa Scheme

A former Kazakh consul in India has been found guilty in an illegal visa scheme.

A court in Almaty on August 8 sentenced Rashid Rakhimbekov to 18 months of "limited freedom," which amounts to a suspended sentence with parole limitations.

The court found Rakhimbekov guilty of illegally issuing business visas to foreign nationals while serving as the Kazakh consul in India in 2010-2013.

It also ordered him to pay a fine of 26 million tenges ($73,500).

Rakhimbekov denied any wrongdoing and said he will appeal the ruling.

Based on reporting by KazTAG and Tengrinews