The verdict was announced against the Chairman of the National Security Committee, Kerim Masimov, who has been on trial for treason in Kazakhstan since November last year.
In the written statement made by the Astana Interregional Specialized Court, it was stated that Masimov was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and that Masimov’s assets were confiscated and he was deprived of public service for life.
In the statement, it was stated that former National Security Committee vice-chairmen Anuar Sadikulov were sentenced to 16 years, Daulet Yergojin to 15 years and Marat Osipov to 3 years.
Masimov and his three assistants were detained in the operations launched last year in Kazakhstan after the protests that started with the increase in fuel prices turned into violent events. Masimov was accused of attempted coup, treason and abuse of power.
More than 200 people lost their lives in the demonstrations. In Kazakhstan, on January 2, in Zhanaozen and Aktau in the Mangistau region, the people took to the streets against the hike in fuel prices, and two days later, the protests spread to Almaty and other cities across the country, intensifying their violence.
More than 200 people lost their lives in clashes between security forces and demonstrators.