On November 18, the ‘trial’ against arbitrarily detained Karim Massimov began at the City Court of Astana.

Despite international calls for his release and the decision adopted by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Government of Kazakhstan began this politically motivated ‘trial.’

No information has yet been made public, as the case is proceeding behind ‘national security’ secrecy.

Central Asia watchers are monitoring the ‘trial’ against Massimov, as an example of Kazakhstan’s lack of commitment to international rule of law and due process.