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Kazakhstan's Parliament Approves Depriving Terrorists Of Citizenship

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 20:15

On June 22, the upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament (the Senate) approved the draft law “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of Kazakhstan Concerning the Issues of Their Compliance with the Constitution of the Country” in the first reading. This document provides for the possibility of deprivation of citizenship as a punishment for committing particularly serious crimes, including terrorism-related ones. The purpose of the draft law is to bring the current legislative acts in line with the recent amendments to the republic's constitution.


The 21st article of the Kazakh Criminal Code envisages the above-mentioned additional form of criminal punishment. In total, the alternative punishment in the form of deprivation of citizenship is proposed for 14 formulations of particularly serious types of terrorist crimes, provided for in ten articles of the Criminal Code. For example, these include: a terrorist act, the establishment of a terrorist group, being its leader or participant.


In addition, it is proposed to deprive of citizenship for crimes that have caused grave harm to the vital and national interests of Kazakhstan. This concept includes the unitarity, independence and the presidential form of government.


The category of crimes that cause grave harm to the vital and national interests of Kazakhstan comprises a total of 16 crimes envisaged in 11 articles of the Criminal Code. These include: genocide; establishing an extremist group, being its leader or participant; conducting separatist activities.


It is assumed that the deprivation of citizenship will be applied in exceptional cases by a judicial decision on the basis of a full investigation of all the circumstances of the case, the severity of the acts committed and the consequences resulting from them.

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