Court session on riots in Kazakh Zhanaozen delayed for several hours
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 27 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The trial on the criminal case against the organizers of the mass riots which took place in Kazakh Zhanaozen on December 16, was delayed till 15:00, March 27, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.
The meeting was postponed due to the absence of one of the participants of the process.
The trial on the criminal case against the organizers of Zhanaozen mass riots will take place in the city of Aktau. It was earlier scheduled for 10.00 Aktau time.
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 months striking launched by oil companies' employees over dissatisfaction with their wages.
The trial will be open.The room of the Arman center where the process will take place has 300 seats. However it has been overcrowded. There are many people who can not enter into the trial room due to the lack of seats.
The trial will be held in the Kazakh language. More than 100 victims will be involved in the process - the owners of burned motor vehicles, restaurants, shops and offices, a number of entrepreneurs of Zhanaozen. The case was filed against 37 persons including 2 minors. The defendants are charged with organizing of mass riots by using violence, arsons, destruction of property, violence against authoritative representative, outrage of the national flag, emblem and anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan, robberies and thefts.