86 days after Karim Massimov’s arbitrary detention, a lawyer of his choice was denied access to a “top secret” file.
The lawyer chosen has a local reputation for being the most experienced in known national security cases. However, two months after the lawyer filed an application for admission to the case, his admission was denied for unreasonable reasons. Massimov relies only on a state-appointed lawyer.
The only way for Massimov’s close friends and family to get information about his case is through KNB press releases in the media. According to the latest press release, Massimov’s detention was extended until April 6.
The Karim Massimov case sets a dangerous legal precedent where anyone can be arbitrarily detained and denied the right to a lawyer.