EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 57/09/97
23 April 1997
Further information (4) on EXTRA 07/97 (EUR 57/02/97, 22 January 1997) and
follow-ups (EUR 57/03/97, 27 January 1997; EUR 57/04/97, 5 February 1997; EUR
57/07/97, 1 April 1997) - Fear of imminent execution
KAZAKSTANOleg Amiranovich GOROZASHVILI, aged 27
There has been a disturbing new development in the case of Oleg Gorozashvili,
who is under sentence of death in Kazakstan. Amnesty International has learned
that on 22 April 1997 Oleg Gorozashvili was transferred from the prison in
Ust-Kamenogorsk, East Kazakstan Region, where he has been on death row. It is
believed that he is being taken to Almaty, the capital. The most likely reason
for such a transfer is that he is being taken to his place of execution.
Since the journey from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Almaty may take up to two days, there
may still be time to save Oleg Gorozashvili.
Previous lobbying, including by Amnesty International, had forced the authorities
in January to suspend Oleg Gorozashvili's transfer to the place of execution,
and it appeared that the authorities would review the case in the light of
allegations of serious investigative and judicial errors, including forced
confession. On 7 April Oleg Gorozashvili's lawyer submitted a petition for
judicial review to the Supreme Court, and this has yet to be considered. However,
Kazakstani law does not automatically require that a stay of execution be put
in place while such a review takes place.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Russian, English or in your own language:
To the President of Kazakstan
- urging that he reconsider his decision not to grant clemency to Oleg
Gorozashvili, and commute this and all other pending death sentences;
- stressing that there is widespread international concern that the Kazakstani
authorities may commit a grave and irreversible miscarriage of justice if they
execute Oleg Gorozashvili.
To the Chairman of the Supreme Court
- urging the court to conduct a judicial review of the case of Oleg Gorozashvili
as a matter of urgency, in view of the allegations of violations of investigative
and judicial procedure;
- urging that Oleg Gorozashvili's execution be stayed pending the outcome of
this judicial review.
The President of Kazakstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev
480091 g. Almaty (Alma-Ata)
Pl. Respubliki, 4
Prezidentu Respubliki Kazakhstan NAZARBAYEVU N.A.
Telegrams: President Nazarbayev, Office of the President, 480091 Almaty,
Faxes: +7 3272-63 76 33; +7 3272-63 70 33
Salutation: Dear President