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Kazakhstan: Activist Released Pending Appeal Hearing

A political activist recently jailed on charges of inciting ethnic strife has been released pending appeal after issuing a grovelling public recantation for his purported offense.

Serikzhan Mambetalin was freed on January 31 after serving just over a week of his two-year sentence.

“I am at home… How happy I am!” he wrote on his Facebook page on February 1.

Mambetalin’s Facebook page was regularly updated, presumably by his supporters, throughout his trial and incarceration, which began in October.

A court ordered Mambetalin’s release until the appeal is heard, but the activist has been made to sign a written undertaking not to leave his hometown, Almaty.

Mambetalin’s release came after he posted a contrite statement of repentance on his Facebook page on January 29 — a week after he was jailed along with another political activist, Yermek Narymbayev, who remains behind bars.

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