COMMISSION OF APPEAL UPHOLDS PREVIOUS SENTENCE TO SEVEN INSTIGATORS OF SHETPE MASS DISORDERS
Aktau. July 19. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The Mangistau Regional Court has upheld the previous decision concerning the seven instigators of the December riots in the village of Shetpe.
A correspondent of Interfax-Kazakhstan reported from the courtroom that the commission of appeal had considered the seven criminal cases into mass disorders.
The appeals were lodged by Avezov (previously sentenced to seven year in jail), Bakytzhan (five years), Adiyev, Turysbayev, Tuleyev, Zhilkishiyev and Sadigulov (all sentenced to two years in jail but granted amnesty). The latter five sought a non-guilty decision.
The court left their previous sentences unchanged.
As reported, massive rioting broke out in the towns of Zhanaozen and Shetpe in West Kazakhstan on December 16-17 in which 15 people died and over 100 got injured.
On May 26 workers of the Karazhanbasmunay oil company and its subsidiaries ArgymakTransService and TulparMunayService went on strike demanding pay rises, including by means of various multiplying factors. Part of Ozenmunaygas (KazMunayGaz Exploration Production (KMG EP) branch in Zhanaozen, Mangistau region) workers also declared a strike. The seven-month strike resulted in the civil unrest in Zhanaozen and Shetpe.