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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 21, 2006
Question Taken from the December 21 Daily Press Briefing

Kazakhstan: Arrest of Journalist

Question:   Does the United States have any comment on the arrest of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist in Kazakhstan?

Answer:   Azamat Zhetpisbayev, a correspondent for the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Kazakhstan affiliate Radio Azzatyk, was arrested December 15 by Almaty financial police, who declined to specify the reason for the arrest. He is being held in a temporary detention facility. There is no indication that the arrest is connected with Zhetpisbayev's employment at Radio Azzatyk. We will continue to follow this case closely.

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Released on December 22, 2006

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