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Kazakh President Sacks Six Supreme Court Judges For Corruption

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev
ASTANA -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev today sacked six Supreme Court judges suspected of corruption, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Presidential Administration head Aslan Musin told a session of the Senate that the Prosecutor-General's Office has opened criminal cases against Almas Tashenova, Sailaubek Dzhakishev, Marlen Kamnazarov, Marziya Baltabai, Bakhytzhan Zhaqypov, and Maqsut Adilkhair.

Musin said they are suspected of "corruptive activities." Senators voted unanimously to approve Nazarbaev's decision.

Senator Ghani Qasymov told journalists after the session that Supreme Court Chairman Musabek Alimbekov should be held responsible for corruption among judges.

Qasymov said Kazakh law stipulates that the heads of state agencies in which corruption cases are discovered should be required to step down.

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