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Kazakh Military, Finance Officials Detained On Embezzlement Charges

Kazakh authorities say they have detained six officials from the Defense and Finance ministries on embezzlement and corruption charges.

The Committee for National Security (KNB) said on August 10 that the leader of the group, "Colonel T. Zhumqaziev" of the armed forces' directorate for technical and material support, had been arrested while accepting a bribe of 20 million tenges ($57,200) on August 8.

Zhumqaziev's arrest led to the detention of five officials from the Defense and Finance ministries, the KNB said.

Four private businessmen have also been detained in the case.

In recent years, several Kazakh officials have faced prosecution on suspicion of graft, with some sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Based on reporting by Tengrinews and Kazinform