Journalist of the independent television and
radio company “Irbis” Kanat Tusupbekov was taken into custody
According to information received from Kazakhstan’s
international bureau on human rights and observance of law Kanat
Tusupbekov, employee of the independent television and radio company
“Irbis”, was taken into custody in the courtroom in Pavlodar city
(where Galymzhan Zhakiyanov, one of the leaders of democratic
opposition, is detained) on June 18. “Irbis” was subject to
persecution of authorities after it tried to cover without bias
prosecution of Zhakiyanov and connected with him events in Pavlodar
Two months ago, Kanat Tusupbekov was beaten up by
three strangers in one of Pavlodar’s cafeteria. Police officers,
sent for by the cafeteria employees, brought him to the building of
the municipal police, along with fight participants.
According to available data, having learnt that
Kanat wrote a statement regarding the incident, he was beaten by
feet and his head against the wall in the investigator’s office.
Only the next morning his wife took away badly beaten Kanat
Tusupbekov from the building of the Department of Internal Affairs.
According to conclusion of judicial medial experts, Kanat had two
broken ribs, severe head concussion, not mentioning bruises and
grazes all over his body. Kanat wrote a statement about what
happened to prosecutor demanding to punish those individuals, who
are guilty of beating him in the police building. However, the
prosecutor’s office refused to initiate a criminal case based on his
Vice versa, criminal case was initiated based on
statement of individuals, who attacked him, accusing him of
hooliganism. Kanat Tusupbekov told his colleagues that police
administration demanded from him to withdraw the statement and give
refutation on the given incident. However, Kanat refused to do it.
The trial took place on June 18 and the judge of
municipal court of Pavlodar city Igor Tarasenko found Kanat
Tusupbekov guilty of assaulting three people. According to the court
decision employee of the television and radio company “Irbis” Kanat
Tusupbekov was sentenced to two years of imprisonment.
Kazakhstan’s international bureau on human rights
and observance of legality
June 27, 2002