A high-profile trial in Kazakhstan, in which for one year was detained and tortured a CIPDH human rights activist and former honorary consul of Estonia in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ms. Balpyk Bibigul, ended in victory and the triumph of justice.
Balpyk Bibigul has been in custody since March 11, 2021. The arrest was made ten days after two surgeries. CIPDH considers the actions of the staff of the Nur-Sultan SIZO and the Investigators of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who forbade the transfer of any medicines to her during the first month of detention, as attempted murder. As a result, Ms. Balpyk suffered a latent heart attack, suffered a spinal injury, and moved with difficulty, on crutches.
Each time, the Judicial Collegium for Criminal Courts of the Nur-Sultan City Court, consisting of judges Yergalieva Sh.T., Aktailakova K.A., Slambekova A.K., left unchanged the measure of restraint for a person who loses consciousness during the trial.
It was also known and proved that the employees of the investigative department of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the prosecutor’s office of the Republic of Kazakhstan in every possible way blocked the access of doctors to Ms. Bibigul Balpyk. Numerous complaints to supervisory authorities remained unanswered. It was obvious that this was done on purpose. Indeed, at that moment, as part of an unsubstantiated and far-fetched accusation, an illegal seizure of the construction site of the Center for International Organizations, located at the intersection of Akmeshit-Sarayshyk-Sauran streets in Nur-Sultan, took place.
In September 2021, the situation with the CIPDH employee, Ms. Balpyk Bibigul, had already crossed all permissible limits and looked more like military torture, which absolutely does not comply with the provisions of the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan: “On further measures of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of human rights” dated June 9 2021.
Thanks to the high professionalism shown by lawyers Askhat Bimbetov, Eduard Shompiev and Asel Absadykova, as well as the courage shown by journalist Makhambet Abzhan, who covered this trial in the media, Ms. Balpyk Bibigul was released from custody.
The well-organized work of the defense of Ms. Balpyk Bibul is a good example in the judicial practice of the Republic of Kazakhstan and gives hope to others.