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POLITICAL PERSECUTION OF AIDAR SYZDYKOV

1 November 2021 #Astana Political persecution of a human rights activist and former political prisoner Aidar #SYZDYKOV. On 4 November 2021, at 09:30 at the court number 2 of the district “Baikonyr” of Astana, an on-line trial in the politically motivated criminal case under Article 131 Part 2 (“public insult”) against the civil activist and former political prisoner Aidar SYZDYKOV will be held. Judge #IDIRISOV Baglan Kuttykozhayevich.

A politically motivated criminal case was opened on the basis of a private complaint filed by the employee of pre-trial detention facility #NURSEIT Aset Amanuly in connection with the fact that on 23 July 2021 Aidar SYZDYKOV during a live broadcast on the news channel “16/12” with a human rights activist Lyudmyla KOZLOVSKA he spoke about human rights violations in the pre-trial detention facility #EC-166/1 and its staff who are involved in violations of human rights.

This is the second politically motivated criminal prosecution of Aidar SYZDYKOV for allegedly “public insult” – which, in fact, is public testimony about torture and human rights violations in the pre-trial detention faciilty. In the first case for alleged “public insult” (which was considered in the Balkhash court), the mother of the employee of the pre-trial detention faciilty EC-166/1, #KUSEMBAI Rinat, #ABDIKARIMOVA Ansagan Kaukerova has withdrawn her statement.

The trial in the first case for alleged “public insult” took place on 1 November 2021, but Aidar SYZDYKOV himself was blocked in the WhatsApp chat room with the help of which the online trial took place. His calls were not returned and the online trial took place without him, thereby violating his right to a public trial and to defend himself in court.

This political criminal case essentially repeats the politically motivated civil suit against Lyudmyla KOZLOVSKA, president of the Open Dialogue Foundation and human rights activist Aidar SYZDYKOV “on protection of honour and dignity”.