OPPOSITION MEMBER SUSPECTED OF INCITING SOCIAL DISCORD IN ZHANAOZEN RELEASED FROM JAIL
Aktau. July 13. Interfax-Kazakhstan - A court in Zhanaozen has released from arrest a journalist, leader of the Rukh pen Til (Spirit and Language) opposition movement Zhanbolat Mamay.
"The ruling to release Mamay from jail was passed by Judge Elemesov on July 12 following a plea by the prosecution," the West Kazakhstan regional court told Interfax-Kazakhstan on Friday.
At the same time the court noted that the investigation against Mamay would continue.
As reported, Zhanbolat Mamay was arrested on June 15 along with the theater director, activist of the unregistered People's Front bloc Bolat Atabayev who has earlier been released under Article 24 of the Criminal Code (exemption from criminal liability due to active repentance).
Both opposition members were suspected of inciting social discord in Zhanaozen where 15 people were killed and over 100 wounded in violent 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.