The Court in the city of
This is a complete travesty of justice. Vadim was originally tried on these charges during a seven month jury trial ending in August last year. Despite being put under huge pressure by the police and regime, the jury found Vadim innocent of all but one minor crime, for which he was sentenced to a one year conditional sentence and released. He was however arrested again in December after the prosecutor appealed the sentence. The new sentence of 12 years was handed down in one day, and has now been confirmed by the appeal judge.
Apart from the clear breaches of procedure during the appeal, the arbitrary rejection of the original jury’s decision, the threats to take disciplinary action against Vadim’s defense solicitors and the removal of the OSCE representative Isham Khanova from her flight to prevent her monitoring the trial demonstrate that the Kazakhstan regime is doing everything to ensure that Vadim’s voice is silenced.
OSCE observer, Isha Khanova, was on her way to Taraz in
This shows that the
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