Kazakhstan|life|November 28, 2018 / 02:04 PM
Terror trial in Kazakhstan adjourned after defendants cut themselves

AKIPRESS.COM - The high-profile trial of three Kazakh men charged with propagating terrorism was adjourned after two of the defendants cut themselves with sharp metal objects in the courtroom in the city of Almaty, RFE/RL reports.

Gulnara Zhuaspaeva, a lawyer for one of the defendants, told RFE/RL that Almat Zhumaghulov and Oralbek Omirov inflicted deep cuts to their arms after the judge rejected the defendants' motion to summon additional witnesses and experts to the stand.

The two defendants received medical treatment before the trial was adjourned until an unspecified date, Zhuaspaeva said.

Zhumaghulov, 44, Omirov, 48, and Kenzhebek Abishev, 52, were arrested in November 2017 and charged with propagating religious extremism and terrorism. Zhumaghulov was also charged with inciting ethnic hatred.

Investigators say the three men planned an armed holy war, or jihad, by propagating the ideas of the banned Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) movement founded by Mukhtar Ablyazov.

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