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“I LOVE MY HOMELAND”

During the ninth court hearing on 7 September 2021 in the politically motivated criminal case against 13 activists from Almaty, a civil activist Gulzipa DZHAUKEROVA drew the attention of Judge Yernar KASYMBEKOV to the fact that the police seized from her not leaflets of the “DCK” (as the investigator wrote), but theses of the programmes of the opposition movement “DCK” and the “Nurotan” party.

Gulzipa DZHAUKEROVA said that it was possible (i.e. not prohibited) to compare the programs. In addition, police officers seized leaflets of the opposition “Koshe Partiyasy” movement dated January 2020, and at that time “Koshe Partiyasy” was not banned. Accordingly, these leaflets could not be used as “evidence” for the prosecution.

The secret decision of the Yesil court banning “Koshe Partiyasy” was issued on 19 May 2020, but has not yet been published or made available for examination.

Among the items seized from Gulzipa DZAUKEROVA was a T-shirt with a photo of Gulzipa DZAUKEROVA and the inscription “I love my homeland”. Gulzipa DZAUKEROVA wondered how this “proves” that she is a “participant” of the “Koshe Partiyasy” or “DCK” movements?

The lawyer asked if the “Nurotan” party could be banned in the future, since police officers seized theses of “Nurotan” programs during illegal searches. To this question the judge replied to the lawyer: “Don’t waste the time of other participants of the process”.
Under this political criminal case the following activists are being prosecuted for alleged “extremism”:

  • Political prisoners: Diana BAIMAGAMBETOVA (Article 405 Part 2 – “participation in an extremist organisation”), Askhat ZHEKSEBAYEV, Kairat KLYSHEV, Abai BEGIMBETOV, Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV (Article 405 Part 1 and Part 2 – “organisation and participation in an extremist organisation”).
  • Under house arrest: Dametkan ASPANDIYAROVA (Article 405 Part 2)
  • Under ban not to leave the place of residence: Gulzipa DZHAUKEROVA, Ninagul DZHUMANIYAZOVA, Yermek KOZIYEV, Marat KURBANOV, Bakdaulet ALIBEKOV, Bolat SMAGULOV, Darkhan VALYIEV (Article 405 Part 2).

    They are prosecuted on political grounds for:
  • participation, discussion and calls for peaceful protests;
  • participation in Asar – building a house for the family of murdered human rights activist and blogger Dulat AGADIL;
  • collecting and providing humanitarian aid for the families of political prisoners and political prisoners;
  • criticism of the authorities of Kazakhstan;
  • defending and promoting human rights and demanding the release of political prisoners.