Zhanaozen riot instigators sentenced to 4-7 year imprisonment terms
Aktau. June 4. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The Court of Aktau, Mangistau region, on Monday handed down sentences to the December rioters in Zhanaozen.
17 defendants were given three years probation including two minors.
Three years' imprisonment in a medium-security prison were given to 7 rioters including three of them released under an amnesty.
The amnesty was also granted to the three defendants sentenced for two years in jail.
Rosa Tuletayeva had the longest prison term -- 7 years in the medium-security prison. Six other masterminds of the riots were given 4, 5 and 6-year imprisonment sentences.
The judge struggling to be heard through the clutter in the courtroom, was unable to read out the verdict for the last riot participant, Orazbai Nagashybaev. The relatives' aggressive display of disproval, loud noise and angry shouting interfered with the verdict readings. A mobile phone hauled at the judge made him stop the reading in mid sentence and leave the courtroom.
The defendants attempted to break the protective glass barrier, but were stopped by the guards.
Three of the 37 defendants have been acquitted.