Call for reopening of investigation into death of online journalist who was hit by car

first_img KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia October 30, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders called for the investigation into online journalist Askhat Sharipzhanov’s death to be reopened today, two days after an Almaty court sentenced Kanat Kalzhanov to three and a half years of hard labour for running him down with his car on 16 July. Sharipzhanov died five days later from his injuries.”The enquiry did not shed light on the unexplained aspects of this accident,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on Almaty prosecutor Sattybek Ongarbaev to reopen the enquiry as it clearly ignored disturbing elements.”Sharipzhanov was knocked down by Kalzhanov’s car at around 11 p.m. just after leaving the offices of Navigator (www.navi.kz), the popular, independent news website he worked for. That afternoon, he had interviewed Altynbek Sarsenbayev, the new information minister, and Zamanbek Nurkadilov, a leading member of the opposition to President Nazerbayev.The transcripts of these interviews were missing from his computer the next day. His tape recorder was also missing. “These details cast doubt on the official account of the accident,” said Navigator editor Yuri Mizinov, a member of an independent commission of enquiry conducted by the Journalists in Danger Fund.Mizinov said Sharipzhanov’s injuries did not match those usually found in a traffic accident. He had no fractures or visible injuries to the body and none of the internal organs of his torso were hurt. He died from a cerebral haemorrhage caused by cranial traumatism. This would have been the result of a violent blow to the back of his head, whereas the car hit him head on.Furthermore, an autopsy showed no alcohol in his blood, contradicting the official claim that he was drunk at the time of the accident. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Kazakhstan January 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal RSF_en Reporters Without Borders calls for the reopening of the investigation into the death of an opposition journalist who died of his injuries on 20 July after being knocked down by a car in Almaty. The authorities portray it as an ordinary traffic accident, and the driver was sentenced to three and half years of har labour on 28 December. But there are disturbing, unexplained aspects to the case. December 31, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for reopening of investigation into death of online journalist who was hit by car February 5, 2021 Find out more News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Newslast_img

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