Kazakhstan finds five informal religious associations in four days
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 12 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh law enforcement agencies discovered five informal religious associations in the Zhambyl Oblast bordering Kyrgyzstan in the past four days, Chief of the Kazakh Interior Ministry's Directorate for Combating Extremism in the Zhambyl Oblast Dauren Gumarov told Trend today.
"Five non-registered religious associations, and the illegal missionary activities of three Kazakh nationals, were discovered from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12," Gumarov said.
The court found guilty and fined the parties.
"The detained were preaching the Islamic faith among villagers in the Zhualynsk region and they were engaged in missionary activity without registration," he said.
In addition, law enforcement agencies found unregistered firearms and ammunition. Forensic ballistics examinations will be held in all cases, he added.
The Zhambyl Oblast Directorate for Combating Extremism has found 13 unregistered religious groups, nine illegal missionary activities and five illegal missionaries since early 2010, he said.
"A total of 114 citizens who arrived in Kazakhstan from Central Asia were brought to responsibility and 80 were expelled from the republic," Gumarov said.