An appeal brought by former oil workers and protestors jailed over last December’s violence that left 15 people dead in and around Zhanaozen has failed, leaving 13 civilians behind bars.
The judge did drop the longest jail sentence -- handed to former oil worker Roza Tuletayeva -- from seven years to five. She was a prominent figure in the seventh-month oil-sector strike in Zhanaozen that sparked the violence. Appeals brought by 14 others convicted of involvement in the turmoil (of whom 12 are serving prison terms of three to six years), were rejected.
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