18 April 2012, 17:38
Kazakh court convicts 47 Islamists
Atyrau, April 18, Interfax - A special inter-district criminal court in the Atyrau Region of Kazakhstan has found 47 people guilty of terrorist activities and sentenced them to prison terms varying from 5 to 15 years.
"Five people were found guilty of involvement in the October 31  bomb attacks in Atyrau on April 2. They have been sentenced to prison terms varying from 6 to 12 years. On April 18, another 42 people were sentenced to prison terms varying from 5 to 15 years," Galymzhan Kulmanov, a senior official from the regional prosecutor's office, said at a press conference in Atyrau on Wednesday.
The trial proceeded behind closed doors.
Two bomb attacks rocked Atyrau on October 31, 2011, and two criminal cases were opened on terrorism charges. Five people were held accountable under one of these cases and 42 under the other.
The investigation found that the bombings were committed by a radical organization called Caliphate Soldiers set up by Kazakh citizens fighting for Afghan insurgents and hiding abroad.
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