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Mayor of riot-hit Kazakh city arrested for embezzlement

(Xinhua)

08:52, February 07, 2012

ALMATY, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The mayor of Kazakhstan's oil city Zhanaozen, which witnessed a deadly riot at the end of last year, has been arrested for embezzlement, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

The administration of Kazakhstan's Mangistau region told the news agency that Mayor Orak Sarbopeyev, who came back from his vacation on Sunday, was summoned by the regional administration's financial police.

The report didn't reveal more details about the case.

In December, laid-off oil workers clashed with police in Zhanaozen city of Mangistau region, leaving at least 15 people killed and some 100 others injured.

The riot was one of the worst in the country's recent history. Some 70 people were arrested following the incident.

Kazakh Prosecutor-general Askhat Daulbayev said at the end of January that Sarbopeyev and the head of Zhanaozen's administration, Shalgas Bakakhanov, were suspected of embezzling public funds.

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