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HOW THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST ACTIVIST ORYNBAI OKHASOV WAS FABRICATED

We have prepared an analysis of the political persecution and fabrication of two criminal cases against the civil activist Orynbai #OKHASOV from #Uralsk for his participation in peaceful protests in the period of 2020-2021. The case file of the Investigative Division of Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region is taken as the basis.

These documents confirm:

– the abuse of charges of extremism for political repression of participants in peaceful protests, even though permission from the Akimat to hold the protest was obtained;

– the systematic violation of international obligations by Kazakhstan and the validity of the criticism of Kazakhstani authorities contained in the resolution of the European Parliament dated 11 February 2021.

Chronology of political persecution:

🔺 On 3 August 2020, a criminal case was opened against the activist under Article 405 Part 2 of the Criminal Code (“participation in an extremist organisation”). The reason for the fabrication of the criminal case was the publication of a provocative post on behalf of Orynbai on Facebook calling for the violent overthrow of the government. There is every reason to believe that NSC officers hacked into Orynbai’s Facebook page and published the post on his behalf to justify political persecution.

Details of the case can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ActivistsNotExtremists/permalink/2745903682395564/

On 11 March 2021, an investigator from the Ministry of Internal Affairs opened a second criminal case against Orynbai under Article 405 Part 2 of the Criminal Code (“participation in an extremist organisation”) for having spoken at an authorised peaceful rally on 28 February 2021 demanding implementation of the recommendations of the European Parliament resolution of 11 February 2021. It is important to note that Orynbai was one of the organisers of this protest and had received verbal confirmation of permission from the Uralsk Akimat (local executive body) (see screenshot from the publication in “Uralskaya Nedelya”). But that fact did not prevent the authorities from initiating politically motivated criminal proceedings. On 20 August 2021, the two criminal cases were merged into one.

🔺On 21 August 2021, based on the merged fabricated criminal case, Orynbai OKHASOV was placed under house arrest for 2 months for the duration of investigation.

🔺 On 25 August 2021, #TEMIRBAYEV Makhambet Uakhituly, head of the Investigative Division of the Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region amended the “qualification of the act of the suspect” Orynbai OKHASOV (TEMIRBAYEV added charges on the publication of a fake post on social media dated 2 August 2020 calling for the overthrow of the government).

ℹ️ List of perpetrators who participated in the fabrication of the politically motivated case against the activist Orynbai:

▪ Head of the NSC Department for West-Kazakhstan region – #KHABIYEV Yerkin Shaidullievich;

▪ Head of the Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region – #ABLAZIMOV Makhsudkhan Nugmanovich;

▪ Head of the Investigative Division of the Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region – #TEMIRBAYEV Makhambet Uakhituly;

▪ Operative investigator of the Department for Combating Extremism – #SHADIYAROV Lesbek;

▪ Officer of the Investigative Division of the Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region – #MASALIMOV Amantai;

▪ Investigator of the Police Department of the West-Kazakhstan region – #OTEGEN Sagynysh.In our next post we will explain what “grounds” were used by the perpetrators to fabricate a criminal case against the activist OKHASOV.