Me­dia boss sen­tenced to six years for graft

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A Kaza­khstan court jailed the in­flu­en­tial head of the main jour­nal­ist union six years for tax fraud, in a case he blasted as a po­lit­i­cal hit job. Seitkazy Matayev, a for­mer spokesper­son for pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev, has stayed un­flag­gingly loyal in pub­lic to the Cen­tral Asian na­tion’s leader, but ac­cused se­nior of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the par­lia­ment speaker of ini­ti­at­ing the case. The court also handed a five-year term to his son, Aset Matayev, the head of the pri­vate KazTAG news agency, and or­dered the con­fis­ca­tion of prop­erty be­long­ing to the duo’s fam­ily. – AFP

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