ALMATY -- On October 17-18, initial hearings took place for two criminal cases against radicals who committed terror attacks June 5 in Aktobe and July 18 in Almaty.
The terrorists killed seven people and injured about 40 in Aktobe. Eight law enforcement and special agencies' officials and two civilians were killed, while several were injured during the attack in Almaty.
Twenty-nine defendants - nine terrorists and 20 others who failed to report information they knew about the terror attacks - are on trial in Aktobe. In addition to terrorist Ruslan Kulekbayev, five accomplices charged with manufacturing weapons are on trial in Almaty.
According to journalists, attending the proceedings in Almaty and Aktobe, relatives of the deceased are demanding the death sentence for the terrorists.
Kazakhstan enacted a moratorium on the death sentence in December 2003.