PUNISHMENT SOFTENED FOR CONVICTED ZHANAOZEN POLICEMEN
Aktau. July 20. Interfax-Kazakhstan - On Thursday the appeals panel of the Mangistau regional court cancelled the punishment of property confiscation for the five policemen who exceeded their authority during the suppression of last December's riots in the city of Zhanaozen, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.
The prison terms for the police officers remained unchanged.
As reported, in late May the specialized criminal court of Aktau found five high-ranking police officers of the Mangistau region guilty of exceeding authority during the suppression of the riots.
The court found no evidence of the officers' implication in the deaths of the riot participants.
The policemen were given prison terms ranging from 5 to 7 years.
As reported, on December 16-17 civil unrest in the city of Zhanaozen and the village of Shetpe of the Mangistau region killed 15 and injured about 100 people.