COURT ORDERS URALSKAYA NEDELYA JOURNALIST TO PAY 5 MILLION TENGE AS COMPENSATION TO OFFICIAL
Almaty. July 23. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The owner of the Uralskaya Nedelya newspaper and its journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov will have to pay 5 million tenge in moral damages compensation to the head of the internal policy department of the West Kazakhstan regional akim's (governor's) office Tlekkabyl Imashev.
The current exchange rate is 149.51 tenge /$1.
The decision has been passed by the court #2 of Uralsk (administrative center of West Kazakhstan region) following an article, in which Akhmedyarov scrutinized Imashev's kinship ties within the power structure.
As reported, on April 19 Lukpan Akhmedyarov was attacked by a group of several men near his home in Uralsk. The journalist was hit on the head with a heavy object and received eight stab wounds to the neck, chest, stomach and thighs. He was also shot several times with rubber bullets.
The police launched an investigation into an attempted murder. Several motives for the attack, including the journalist's personal relations and professional activities, were considered.
Later the police arrested four suspects in the crime one of whom admitted trying to kill Akhmedyarov. Two suspects were then put under arrest; two others were released on their own recognizance. The arrested suspects were later also released.