Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 13
By Demir Mukhtrov - Trend:
Some 28 criminal cases were filed on crimes of an extremist nature in Kazakhstan in 2013.
"Some 28 criminal cases were filed on the crimes of an extremist nature," Kazakh Interior Minister Kalmukhanbet Kasymov's report said. "The activity of three terrorist groups was prevented in Astana and Atyrau. Some 24 participants were arrested and prosecuted."
Some 11,400 of printed materials, 1,200 units of electronic media, 13 units of computer equipment containing extremist information were seized, according to the report.
Moreover, some 53 criminal cases were filed on the facts of creating and heading an organized criminal group (52 facts), gangsterism (one fact). The criminal proceedings were instituted against more than 50 leaders and 230 members of organized criminal groups. A large quantity of weapons and drugs were seized.
Work is conducted to reveal and prevent the organized criminality, as well as the crimes of an extremist and terrorist nature.
"The statistics growth of general criminality occurred mainly due to an increase in the number of insignificant crimes, which is a natural consequence of the changed policy in the crime registration area," according to the report.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN