OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS MAMAY AND ATABAYEV ARRESTED AFTER THEY IGNORED SUBPOENAS - KNB
Astana. June 15. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Zhanbolat Mamay, a leader of the Rukh Pen Til (Spirit and Language), a youth opposition movement, and Bolat Atabayev, a theater director and activist of the unregistered People's Front, have been arrested, the National Security Committee (KNB) says in a press release.
According to the press release, the Almaly Court of Almaty issued Thursday warrants of arrest of B.Atabayev and Z.Mamay on charges of inciting social discord under the criminal case that was opened on January 6, 2012.
KNB explains that Atabayev and Mamay earlier signed written undertakings not to leave the place but later "flagrantly went back on their promises, demonstrated inappropriate behavior by repeatedly ignoring the subpoenas" as a result of which the court issued warrants of their arrest. They were both taken to the KNB detention facility on Friday.
"Soon they will be moved to the Mangistau Region in the interests of investigation," the press release reads.
Earlier the same day Mamay's lawyer Serikkali Musin told Interfax-Kazakhstan that Zhanbolat Mamay and Bolat Atabayev had been arrested by police in Almaty.
According to the lawyer, the arrests are related to the case of the incitement of social discord in Zhanaozen (city in Mangistau region) where 15 people were killed and over 100 wounded in riots last December.
The leader of the unregistered opposition party Alga Vladimir Kozlov and opposition activist Serik Sapargali were arrested in connection with the case earlier.
The Prosecutor-General's Office accuses the opposition members of having spread leaflets inciting laid-off oil workers to continue protest action and disobey the authorities.