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Sprat Spat Puts Legal Spotlight on Kazakh Language Rights

These law-abiding sprats speak Kazakh.

It’s not very often that sprats have their day in court. But after becoming embroiled in a row over language rights in Kazakhstan, the oily little fish is to play a central role in legal arguments in the oil city of Aktobe.

It’s not the sprats that’ll be in the dock, true – that place will be occupied by the owner of a store that proved unable to provide a customer with details about sprats in the Kazakh language, the Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reports

The disgruntled customer went racing to his lawyer after the shop couldn’t produce information in Kazakh about the tin of fish he’d purchased for 80 cents. 

This consumer rights pioneer is now suing the shop in the Aktobe City Court for breaking laws which guarantee that all information should be available in Kazakh – in this case details about the manufacturer, the manufacturing date, and “recommendations for use” of the sprats.

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