Ex-minister from Kazakhstan gets 24 years in prison for gruesome murder of wife | Abroad

Ex-minister from Kazakhstan gets 24 years in prison for gruesome murder of wife | Abroad
Ex-minister from Kazakhstan gets 24 years in prison for gruesome murder of wife | Abroad
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Kuandyk Bishimbayev (44), the former Minister of Economy from Kazakhstan, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of his wife. Saltanat Nukenova (31) died after hours of brutal intimate partner violence. Images from that evening show how the man beat her up in a restaurant.

LOOK. Kazakh ex-minister beats his wife black and blue in a restaurant

The former top politician was convicted on Monday for seriously assaulting his wife for about eight hours, resulting in death. Saltanat Nukenova (31) died from brain trauma after her husband’s many beatings.

The trial has been followed en masse in Kazakhstan in recent weeks. Many women hope that things will change in their country when it comes to domestic violence.

Bishimbayev (44) was accused of torturing and killing his wife. He admitted that he hit her, but denied that he wanted to kill her. “I am guilty, but not of premeditated murder,” he said in court.

To no avail, as the ex-minister was convicted of both murder and torture. He escapes the life sentence that the victim’s family had hoped for.

Surveillance camera

Saltanat Nukenova (31) was found dead on November 9 in a restaurant in the capital Astana belonging to a relative of her husband. During the trial, footage from a surveillance camera from the restaurant was shown in court. It showed Bishimbayev (44), a father of four, throwing his wife to the ground, dragging her by the hair and kicking her.

Kuandyk Bishimbayev (44), the former Minister of Economy from Kazakhstan, in court. © AP

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