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ICC Note: In Kazakhstan a Pastor remains in government detention and subject to torture and abuse from various prison guards as he has been moved from prison to hospitals and back to prison. The allegations against Pastor Kashkumbayev have been admitted as false, yet nonetheless the elderly pastor remains behind bars.
By Joseph DeCaro
9/24/2013 Kazakhstan (Worthy News) – After his arrest in May, International Christian Concern reported that Pastor Bakhytzhat Kashkumbayev has been severely mistreated by the Kazakhstan government while it continues to hide his whereabouts.
According to Corey Bailey, ICC’s Regional Manager for Central Asia, Kashkumbayev likely underwent “Soviet-style psychological examinations” after he was transferred last month from prison in Astana to Almaty’s Practical Center of Psychiatry where he remained until he was discharged in September to parts unknown.
Calls to the Kazakhstan embassy about Kashkumbayev have resulted in denials.
“Unfortunately, this behavior is typical of those governments who use Soviet-era security methods,” said ICC President Jeff King. “Even the State Department has confirmed that Pastor Kashkumbayev has been arrested and is in custody.”
Following allegations that Kashkumbayev had laced a red tea used for communion with hallucinogens that harmed the health of Lyazzat Almenova, he was arrested May 17. But according to Forum 18, Almenova claimed she was used by the state to start a case against her pastor.

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