Bishimbayev, who was sentenced to 24 years in prison by the court, denied torturing or planning to kill his wife. Surveillance footage shows Bishimbayev repeatedly punching and kicking his wife, choking her and dragging her by the hair into the room where she was later found dead.

Kazakhstan's former Economy Minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of his wife Saltanat Nukenova. 44-year-old Kuandyk Bishimbayev was found guilty of torture and murder by the court.

During the trial, Bishimbayev claimed he was innocent and tried to prove that his wife had harmed him, but security cameras of a restaurant revealed his guilt.

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STRANGLED HER TO DEATH

Surveillance footage played during the trial shows Bishimbayev repeatedly punching and kicking his 31-year-old wife and dragging her, almost naked, by the hair into the room where she was later found dead.

The footage shows Bishimbayev first severely beating his wife, then choking her to death.

HE VIDEOTAPED HIS LAST MOMENTS

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Bishimbayev's cell phone also contained videos of him insulting and humiliating a bloodied Nukenova in the final hours before she lost consciousness.

During the trial, Bishimbayev admitted to beating his wife but said some of her injuries were self-inflicted. He denied torturing her or planning to kill her.

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF BRIBERY

Bishimbayev served as the oil-rich country's economy minister from May to December 2016. In 2018, he was found guilty of bribery and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released less than three years later thanks to amnesty and parole.

ONE OUT OF EVERY SIX WOMEN IS SUBJECTED TO VIOLENCE

President Kassym Generous Tokayev, who succeeded Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev five years ago, emphasizes that he wants to build a fairer society, including by improving rights for women.

The case has helped rally public support behind a law criminalizing domestic violence, which parliament passed last month.

Government data shows that one in six women in Kazakhstan has experienced violence from a male partner.