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Questioning of an investigator of the Almaty City Police Department #KAZHIBAYEV Gizat during the seventh online court session on 24 August 2021 in the politically motivated case against thirteen civil activists.

26 August 2021 #Almaty

Questioning of an investigator of the Almaty City Police Department #KAZHIBAYEV Gizat during the seventh online court session on 24 August 2021 in the politically motivated case against thirteen civil activists.

Questions to the investigator are asked by the political prisoner Abay #BEGIMBETOV:

I (Abay Begimbetov) have already said that we met with Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV in a prisoner transport vehicle in December when we were transferred from the prison cell to the pre-trial detention facility, and KAZHIBAYEV wrote in the case that we had organized a movement (Abai and Noyan).

A question to KAZHIBAYEV: What was your reasoning? Where is the evidence?Investigator: the evidence is in the case file.

Further the investigator added that they had a meeting in Astana, when they went to the Asar on Dulat AGADIL (summer of 2020), there they had a meeting with Abai BEGIMBETOV, Askhat ZHEKSEBAYEV, Kairat KLYSHEV, Diana BAIMAGAMBETOVA and other participants of Astana.

But Abai BEGIMBETOV said that Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV was not even in Astana, they did not call each other, they did not even see each other. And how could they organise it (“Koshe Partiyasy”)? Abai BEGIMBETOV did not see Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV until December 2020.

The investigator specified, without once again presenting any evidence, that they acted through Askhat ZHEKSEBAYEV, who knew both of them.

Abai BEGIMBETOV again asked the investigator what was the connection between him and Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV and how he (Abai BEGIMBETOV) together with Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV became the organisers of the “extremist organisation”, if they did not know each other at the time of the actions, which the investigator describes in the criminal case. They had met after their arbitrary arrest, in December 2020. The investigator did not answer the question, but only said that there was evidence in the case file and that he (the investigator) had assessed their actions.

Further, the investigator said that there was an expertise, without explaining what kind of expertise, proving the connection between Noyan RAKHIMZHANOV and Abai BEGIMBETOV.

At the end, the investigator added that it was based on inner conviction and collected materials. That is, not on the evidence, but on his own belief (of the investigator KAZHIBAYEV Gizat).