Kazakh opposition leaders freed after serving 15-day arrest

Tuesday, Feb 14,2012, 8:33:53 PM

Having served a 15-day arrest for organizing an unauthorized rally, Amirzhan Kosanov, the secretary-general of the opposition Nationwide Social-Democratic Party "Azat", has been released from a special detention centre for those arrested on administrative charges.

"I was released yesterday. I feel excellent, in cheerful mood. I had a good sleep for 15 days, had a rest and had talks with the contingent of the special detention centre," Amirzhan Kosanov told Interfax-Kazakhstan on Monday [13 February].

A 15-day arrest was also ended for Amirbek Togusov, the chairman of the Almaty branch of the party.

[Passage omitted: the leaders of the party, Bolat Abilov, Amirzhan Kosanov and Amirbek Togusov, were arrested on 28 January for organizing an unauthorized protest action in Almaty against the arrest of other opposition figures]

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