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Law On Deprivation Of Citizenship Approved In Kazakhstan

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 23:20

On April 25, the Kazakh government approved a package of amendments to the current national legislation made in connection with the changes to the Constitution. Among other things, there was unanimously adopted the draft law stipulating the procedure for the deprivation of citizenship as an additional form of criminal punishment. Minister of Justice of the Republic Marat Beketayev reported this news in an interview with the media. In his words, the deprivation of citizenship as an additional form of criminal punishment is provided for under 21 articles of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan.


“The deprivation of citizenship will be an alternative punishment for 14 components of especially serious terrorist crimes described in 10 articles of the Criminal Code. For example, it's applicable to: a terrorist act, creation of a terrorist group, being the leader or a member of a terrorist group, as well as a number of other crimes,” the Minister said.


There were specified a total of 16 crimes causing grave harm to the vital interests of the republic; they are described in 11 articles of the Criminal Code.


“For example, these are: genocide; creation of, being the leader or a member of an extremist group; conducting separatist activities. The court will choose the deprivation of citizenship as the punishment in exceptional cases, based on a comprehensive and full study of the circumstances of the case, as well as the severity of the acts committed and the consequences resulting therefrom,” Marat Beketayev said.


Now, the authorized bodies of Kazakhstan have been empowered to deprive of citizenship on the basis of the court's final conviction.


Beketayev also stressed that there was no political background in the adoption of this draft law.


“This decision is not connected with any political topics. People involved in terrorist activities should not have the opportunity to return to Kazakhstan and spread their ideology here,” he explained.

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