Public prosecution asks to sentence former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov to 12 years in a penal colony with confiscation of property.
The trials on December 2 ended with mitigating the charges on two counts. Actions of the accused were reclassified into less serious crime and bribery charges were excluded.
“Serik Akhmetov, Baurzhan Abdishev, Meyram Smagulov, Mukhtar Adambekov, Aidos Zhakenov violated the requirements of the law on public procurement not providing the other economic entities the opportunity to participate in competitions. Under such circumstances, the actions of the defendants Akhmetov, Abdishev, Smagulov, Adambekov, and Zhakenov were reclassified from the Article on “abuse of power" of the Criminal Code to the Article on “impeding the legitimate business," prosecutor Rauan Tobykov said, reports Novosti-Kazakhstan from the courtroom.
In addition, the public prosecutors have excluded bribery charges under the Article on “embezzlement of budget funds."
According to the results of the trial, evidence on Akhmetov's guilt in taking bribes was not confirmed, he said.
Thus, state prosecutors asked the court to sentence former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov to 12 years in a penal colony with confiscation of property without the right of holding public office for five years.