Orak Sarbopeyev, akim of Zhanaozen, where mass riots took place in late Dec, 2011, has been detained after being interrogated by the Kazakh agency fighting economic and corruption crimes (financial police), Aktau Lada regional newspaper reported on Monday.
"Today, Feb.6, akim of Zhanaozen town was served a summons by the fraud squad. After being interviewed he was detained," Novosti-Kazakhstan reported with reference to the newspaper.
In late January, the General Prosecutor's Office said former akim of Zhanaozen Zhalgas Babakhanov and current akim Orak Sarbopeyev has been defrauding public funds for years through the Zhanashyr and Zharylkau Foundations. Representatives for Zhanaozen's akimat said, Orak Sarbopeyev hadn't been yet indicted.
The newspaper reported that Mr Sarbopeyev returned on Feb.5 to Mangystau from Yessentuki (Russia), where he underwent a course of treatment.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil city of Zhanaozen in Mangystau region on Dec.16. According to the Kazakh General Attorney Office, 14 people were killed as a result and 64 injured by fire. Buildings and cars were burned and the property of individuals and institutions destroyed. A state of emergency was imposed in Zhanaozen from Dec.17 to Jan 30. The riots were preceded by many month of' oil companies' employees striking over dissatisfaction with their wages.