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Trial Date Set For Four Accused Of Attacking Kazakh Journalist

Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov
Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov
ORAL, Kazakhstan -- Preliminary hearings have taken place against four men in the western Kazakh city of Oral who are charged with attacking a prominent journalist.

Lukpan Akhmedyarov, a reporter for the "Uralskaya nedelya" weekly, survived the April 2012 attack in which he was stabbed and shot with an air pistol.

The four suspects were apprehended in November.

The judge at the hearing on April 29 set a trial date of May 14 for all four suspects.

Akhmedyarov says the attack was related to his journalistic activities.

In July he was found guilty of insulting a local official and ordered to pay the official a penalty of about $33,000.

In November he was ordered to pay around $7,700 to a local financial police officer after a judge ruled that Akhmedyarov had insulted the officer in an article.
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