Police accuses Ketebayev in arson
On July 11 Muratbek
Ketebayev, founder of newspapers “Republic-Business review” and
“Economics. Finances. Markets”, speaking in public during a press
conference in Almaty stated that police of Kazakhstan accused him in
arson of the office of his own newspaper.
The newspaper “Delovoye
obozreniye Respublika” on its pages harshly criticized power
structure of Kazakhstan...). Editorial office was set on fire on the
night from May 21 to May 22 - strangers threw several Molotov
cocktails into the windows. Everything in the office, including
Today a press conference
took place in the department of police of Almaty city, where police
officers stated that guilt of Ketebayev in arranging the arson was
allegedly already proven... In reality, M. Ketebayev has not been
officially charged with anything.
refutes the provocation, calling the words of the police officers
“insinuations” and “nonsense”. He stated that “instigators” could
not give him clear credible answers to a number of questions during
a confrontation. Ketebayev also emphasized that he doubts that
particularly these two “extortionists” committed the arson, as,
according to him, “he had an impression that the arson was committed
quite professionally and two fellows would not be able to do it
within a short period of time”.
The office and the
equipment, which was contained there, were not insured. The entire
property belonged to M. Ketebayev. Alarm system was working in the
office, which sent for security group of police to the site.
Moreover, M. Ketebayev was not in the city on the day of the arson.