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RSF Condemn Court's Order Against Journalist


Lukpan Akhmedyarov
International rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned a Kazakh court's decision to financially punish an opposition journalist in a controversial libel case.

In a statement, the organization called the court's July 20 ruling a move "to strangle the journalist financially."

Lukpan Akhmedyarov was found guilty of insulting a local official in West Kazakhstan Oblast and ordered to pay the official 5 million tenge ($33,000).

In April, Akhmedyarov, a correspondent for the "Uralskaya nedelya" weekly in the western city of Oral, survived a vicious attack in which he was stabbed and shot with a pneumatic pistol.

Akhmedyarov says both the lawsuit and the attack against him are politically motivated.
Paramedics carry the injured Akhemdyarov into a hospital in Oral on April 19.
Paramedics carry the injured Akhemdyarov into a hospital in Oral on April 19.
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