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Jailed Kazakh Activist Again Denied Transfer To Open Prison

 Aidos Sadyqov
Aidos Sadyqov
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A Kazakh opposition activist jailed on hooliganism charges has again been denied a transfer to an open prison, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Aidos Sadyqov's wife, Natalya Sadyqova, told RFE/RL that the parole board at the penitentiary in northwestern Aqtobe Oblast where he is serving his jail term rejected on August 19 his request for transfer from jail to a minimum-security labor camp.

Such facilities are effectively open prisons where inmates are allowed to work outside and live nearby with their families.

Sadyqov was found guilty in July 2010 of hooliganism and resisting police and sentenced to two years in prison. That verdict was upheld in August by a court in Aqtobe Oblast.

It is the second time since February that Sadyqov's request for a transfer has been rejected.

Sadyqov and his wife say the case against him is politically motivated.

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