KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor Kashkumbayev released from custody

Retired Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (67) was released from custody on 17 February after being in prison since May 2013. The predominant reaction among his friends and family was rejoicing at his release and at the fact that he will now be able to obtain medical treatment for varicose veins which have been causing him much pain.

KAZAKHSTAN: Imprisoned pastor sent for psychiatric evaluation

Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (66) who was arrested on 17 May has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and has announced a hunger-strike in protest.

The worrying development in the case of Pastor Kashkumbayev came as his period of detention was extended for a further month (to 17 August). Pastor Kashkumbayev has been transferred from prison in the capital, Astana, to a prison in the city of Almaty.