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Kazakh Woman Hospitalized After Setting Herself Alight In Astana

ASTANA -- A Kazakh woman was hospitalized after she set herself on fire in front of the Prosecutor-General's Office in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, on December 6.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said that the woman, whom it identified as M. Rysmanova, poured gasoline on herself and set herself on fire around midday.

Authorities did not describe the extent of her injuries.

The Prosecutor-General’s Office said Rysmanova was protesting the conviction of her son, who was found guilty of illegal drug possession in June 2015 and sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail in June 2015.

It said it has asked the trial court in the southern Zhambyl region to send the case materials so that Rysmanova's statements can be examined.

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