The ex-head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan was detained on suspicion of treason The treason case was opened on January 6, then the former head of the National Security Committee and ex-prime minister Karim Massimov was detained and sent to the temporary detention center. Besides him, there are other defendants in the case
Former head of the National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan and ex-prime minister Karim Massimov was detained, the press service of the ministry reports. >
He is suspected of high treason. Masimov and other defendants in the case were placed in the IVS.
The case under Part 1 of Art. 175 of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan (“ Treason '') was instituted back on January 6, the committee said. On the same day, Masimov was detained, but the KNB only reported this now. The maximum punishment for this part of the article & mdash; imprisonment for up to 15 years with possible deprivation of citizenship.
Massimov & mdash; former prime minister of Kazakhstan, he headed the government from 2007 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016. Between the two terms, he served as head of the presidential administration. In September 2016, Masimov was appointed head of the KNB.
President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev removed him from office on January 6 amid mass protests.
In addition to Massimov after the beginning of the protests, the government of Kazakhstan resigned. Tokayev accepted the resignation of the Cabinet on January 5. He noted that the ministers have a “ special blame for allowing a protest situation '', as they failed to cope with inflation control. Government members will perform their duties until the new composition is approved.
In addition, Tokayev removed from his post the head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan, ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He explained that the measures taken amid the protests were not enough, and promised to “ act as tough as possible. '' Tokayev headed the council himself. On January 7, Orda.kz reported about the detention of Nazarbayev's nephew Samat Abish, but later called the information a mistake.
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