Kazakhstan: pro-democracy defender conviction upheld via online hearing (Update)Event
- Initial Date
- Sep 15, 2020
- Event Description
A Kazakh court has upheld the conviction and sentencing of an activist found guilty of spreading “false information” about the coronavirus.
The Almaty city court on September 15 upheld a decision by a lower court to sentence Alnur Ilyashev to three years of restricted freedom, a parolelike limitation, and ban him from social or political activism for five years.
Ilyashev was detained on April 17 after he wrote on Facebook that authorities in Kazakhstan, including those in the ruling Nur Otan party, have been corrupt and incompetent in their response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The 43-year-old activist spent more than two months in custody before being released after the initial court verdict was handed down in June.
Amnesty International slammed the sentence as “absurd” and as a sign that the government is not tolerating criticism.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is disappointed that the Almaty City Court has upheld the conviction of Alnur Ilyashev for criticizing the ruling Nur Otan party on Facebook. As CFJ made clear in the amicus brief it filed with the appeal court, Mr. Ilyashev’s trial, which was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was unfair, and his conviction violated his right to freedom of expression. CFJ hopes this unjust result will be reversed upon further review.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Judicial Harassment
- Restrictions on Movement
- Rights Concerned
- Right to fair trial
- Right to liberty and security
- Pro-democracy activist
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 15 September 2020, Alnur Ilyashev, pro-democracy defender, had his conviction to three-year restricted freedom upheld as result of unfair trial by the Appeal Court of Almaty, Kazakhstan.