Mr. Askar Kairbek, 32, ethnicity Kazakh, civil society activist, resides in the city of Nur-Sultan.
On 25 February, opposition activist Dulat Agadil died in a pre-trial detention center in Nur-Sultan. Before that, he had been forcefully taken from his home by plain-clothed people; Mr. Agadil was being tried in a case of contempt of a judge and, as alleged by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MIA RoK), had been evading investigation. A few days later, without waiting for the criminal investigation into Mr. Agadil’s sudden death to complete, the MIA RoK, the prosecutor’s office, and the President of Kazakhstan all announced that the cause of death was a “cardiovascular failure.”
Prior to the funeral, Mr. Agadil's friends made a video that showed scratches and bruises on his body. The General Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal case under Article 274 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan for “dissemination of false information,” namely publication of the video showing the injuries inflicted on Mr. Agadil in social networks.
Under the aforesaid criminal case, Mr. Askar Kairbek has been questioned on one occasion as a witness with a right to defense at the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He denies there was any pressure from the officers. He denies participating in the recording of the aforesaid video. He confirms he had voiced an opinion about the video on his channel in social networks.
As of 27 June 2020, Mr. Askar Kairbek’s status in the criminal case was one of a witness with a right to defense.
Legal assistance to Mr. Kairbek has been provided by Ms. Enns, Olga Vitalievna, an advocate, with the support from the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
27 June 2020