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Kazakhstan: Former Top Security Chief Convicted, But Why?

A military court in Kazakhstan has sentenced a former head of the nation’s security services to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges of divulging state secrets.

The sentence was handed down to Nartay Dutbayev by the Akmola garrison military court on August 24 following a trial held behind closed doors, but confirmation of the news has only now come to light.

Tengri News website cited the Supreme Court as saying Dutbayev has been been stripped of his military rank of general-lieutenant and his state awards.

Dutbayev presided over the National Security Committee, or KNB, from December 2001 to February 2006 — a period that saw the murder of two prominent opposition figures that government critics have routinely lain at the feet of the security services.

But nothing certain is known of what specific offenses landed Dutbayev in hot water. The broad consensus is that the move against Dutbayev could only have been approved at the very highest level, by President Nursultan Nazarbayev himself.

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