October 15, 2012 by stgilbertinkz
Makset just completed his 40th day and night in captivity. Today (Monday 10/15/12) the Almaty district prosecutor determined not to bring his case before the court, but instead delay until November 5. it is uncertain as to the reasoning of this decision other than this is permissible under the current law. We have also learned that Makset has been able to sign documentation that will allow him to begin the migration process to another country. This is a major milestone that is necessary for his family if they are to leave Kazakhstan once he is hopefully released, rather than extradited to Uzbekistan.
We have heard several reports of members of Congress writing letters to both the Kazakhstani Embassy in Washington as well as contacting the State Department to inquire on Makset’s behalf. We have been encouraged to hear reports that Kazakhstani officials on rather high levels hearing about Makset’s case.
Several US Representatives and Senators have contacted constituents who have written on Makset’s behalf. The standard procedure appears to be to write the State Department, and in particular the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. The Embassy’s response on those occasions has been to say they are “monitoring the situation.” While we are grateful for this “monitoring,” we are concerned that this is a rather passive posture. Therefore, if you are have an opportunity to respond to a phone call by your member of Congress’ office please encourage them to urge the State Department to go beyond “monitoring.”
We are persuaded that a phone call to a strategic official or two in Kazakhstan could result in some quick, positive results.
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