Supporters of leading Kazakh human rights activist Yevgeny Zhovtis say his case is politically motivated. Yevgeny Zhovtis, the director of the Almaty-based Kazakh Bureau for Human Rights, was sentenced to four years in jail in September for his role in a deadly traffic accident. His lawyers and prominent independent journalist Sergei Duvanov said on Nov. 10 in Almaty that the behavior of Kazakh authorities proves the political character of the verdict against Zhovtis. They point out that a Kazakh Supreme Court judge told the weekly "Vremya" in Almaty recently that he did not read Zhovtis's verdict but still commented that it was correct. They added that Kazakh authorities made several political statements recently while stating that Zhovtis's case was not politically motivated. (RFE/RL)

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