Tuesday, February 3, 2009

In the arrest of a Kazakh journalist accused him of.

Special Kazakhstan to blame for the arrest of the chief editor of the Alma-Ata Info Ramazan Esergepova for most journalists. According to them, being at liberty, he refused any cooperation with the investigation, Interfax reports.
Press secretary of the National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan Kenzhebulat Beknazarov told the agency that "the investigation team initially did not intend to detain him and repeatedly called for Mr Esergepova in his best interest to be law-abiding citizen, is a timely agenda for the investigator to testify."
Sobesednik agency said that "Esergepov could be released to house arrest under a subscription, but he flatly refused to cooperate with the investigation."
Opposition journalist was investigating, according to Beknazarov, that he refused to appear to the investigator, tried to take refuge in foreign embassies and committed "other provocative actions."
Editor-in-chief is accused of divulging secret information. One of the articles he published a paper with a signature stamp "Top Secret", which related to the investigation of several criminal cases. Esergepov himself opposed to the consideration of his case by the Committee of National Security and the need to pass the investigation to other law enforcement agencies.
The detention of journalists occurred on January 6, in the cardiology department of the Alma-Ata Hospital, where he was treated. Esergepov refused to give evidence to investigators and declared a hunger strike. Several human rights organizations and opposition parties were demanding the immediate release of journalist. At the meeting of January 9, the court applied to measure the arrest of the accused and the prosecution changed the article, increasing the possible sentence from three to eight years.
Liberation journalist demanded OSCE also sent a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, which also encouraged the authorities to change the law on mass media. The organization believes that the responsibility for publishing classified information, must be borne by the special services, which allow the leakage of information, but did not publish its journalists.
In early December 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Almaty Esergepovu denied a request for political asylum and recommended him to the United Nations.

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