A wheelchair bound prisoner, Zhasulan Suleimenov, has been kept in solitary confinement in
Zhasulan Suleimenov, a 36-year old disabled man, is serving an eight-year prison sentence in
Medicines provided by Zhasulan Suleimenov’s relatives were reportedly burned by prison guards upon his arrival at the prison in Atbasar in September 2011. During his four years in prison, Zhasulan Suleimenov has been subjected to three prison transfers and has been forced to spend more than 11 months in solitary confinement. Zhasulan Suleimenov was beaten during all these transfers, including on his paralysed legs.
Zhasulan Suleimenov and his 25-year-old cousin Kuat Zhobolaev, were convicted in November 2009 on charges of terrorism and sentenced to eight years in prison after what independent observers called a “blatantly unfair trial”. Both men alleged in court that they had been tortured by National Security Service officers in order to force them to confess. Kuat Zhobolaev is reported to suffer from neurological problems and myopia, which has aggravated since his detention, and he is loosing his eyesight. Relatives believe this might be as a result of beatings to his face while in detention. There have been allegations that when international concerns are raised on behalf of Zhasulan Suleimenov, Kuat Zhobolaev faces retaliatory ill-treatment and harassment in prison.
Please write immediately in Kazakh, Russian or your own language:
Urging Kazakhstani authorities to provide Zhasulan Suleimenov with an independent and impartial medical examination and to ensure that he receives any medical attention he may require, including hospital treatment outside the prison system;
Calling on them to ensure that Zhasulan Suleimenov is not placed in solitary confinement in the future;
Urging the Kazakhstani authorities to ensure protection of Zhasulan Suleimenov and Kuat Zhobolaev against any reprisals from prison officers.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 30 JANUARY 2013 TO:
House of Ministries Entrance No.2
Fax: +7 7172 50 25 34 (say “fax”)
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
Minister of Internal Affairs
Tauelsizdik prospekt 1
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
House of Ministries Entrance No 15
Fax: +7 7172 74 05 48
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
Zhasulan Suleimenov was detained together with five acquaintances in
Kuat Zhobolaev’s family reported that he was kept in de facto incommunicado detention for two months, during which time he, too, was said to be tortured and ill-treated. The families of both men lodged numerous complaints to the prosecutor’s office about their allegations of incommunicado detention, torture, denial of medical care by the NSS as well as lack of access to families and independent legal advice, all of which were turned down as lacking in fact.
During his first transfer, from a prison in
During the second transfer, from Atbasar to a prison in
Name: Zhasulan Suleimenov and Kuat Zhobolaev