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Kazakh prosecutor demands 10 years in prison for activist

Supporters of Kazakh opponent Marat Zhylanbaev went to the Astana court on November 17 when he was due to appear behind closed doors. The 60-year-old former ultramarathon runner has been detained since May after trying to register his opposition Kazakhstan party, Forward! Authorities accused him of cooperating with the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, an opposition movement described as extremist in the country. Zhylanbaev’s lawyer said on November 17 that the prosecutor was demanding a prison sentence of 10 years.

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