PREVIOUS SENTENCE TO ZHANAOZEN EX-MAYOR TO BE REVISITED
Aktau. August 2. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The board of criminal appeal of the Mangistau Regional Court considered Thursday the appeal of the public prosecutor against the non-guilty decision in respect of Orak Sarbopeyev, a former akim (mayor) of Zhanaozen.
"The appeal has been considered and the court decision cancelled. The Sarbopeyev case will be sent to the Supreme Court for revisiting," the press office of the Regional Court told Interfax-Kazakhstan Thursday.
On the same day Orak Sarbopeyev was arrested in the court room and transported to a detention facility in Aktau (the administrative center of the Mangistau Region), according to the press office.
As reported, Sarbopeyev, accused of power abuse and bribe taking, was found not guilty by the Regional Court in June this year.
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, 2011 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.
Kazakh Prosecutor General Askhat Daulbayev said when announcing the outcomes of the investigation into the Zhanaozen riots that illegal actions of the local officials and managers of the oil companies contributed to the growth of social tension in the region.
Later the police arrested Zhalgas Babakhonov (Zhanaozen mayor from 1999 to 2009), Orak Sarbopeyev (December 2009 to February 2012) and A.Aitkulov, the first deputy akim of the Mangistau Region.
On July 20 the Zhanaozen Court handed the former akim (mayor) of Zhanaozen Zhalgas Babakhanov a probation sentence.
Babakhanov was found guilty under article 307 of the Criminal Code (abuse of office) and was sentenced to 2 years on probation. He was also deprived of the right to hold public posts for three years.