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SCREENSHOTS, SCREENSHOTS, SOCIAL MEDIA SCREENSHOTS

This is the kind of “evidence” used to justify a political criminal prosecution for alleged “extremism” in Kazakhstan. During the ninth hearing in the politically motivated criminal case against 13 activists from Almaty on 7 September 2021, the judge listed the “evidence” of the first volume of the political criminal case.

Judge Yernar KASYMBEKOV lists the materials of the first volume of the political criminal case: screenshots, screenshots, screenshots of social networks. However, not screenshots of calls for violent seizure of power, but screenshots of publications with calls for peaceful protests, to which citizens have a constitutional right.

When the lawyer asked the judge who made these screenshots, the judge did not answer, but just continued to list what is in the materials of the political criminal case. Such is the “evidentiary” basis of a fabricated political criminal case.
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, Abay 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.