Azerbaijani citizens permanently residing abroad to have no access to state secrets UPDATE

details added (the first version posted at 11:26)

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 21
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

Under the changes proposed in the law "On State Secrets" in Azerbaijan, officials or citizens permanently residing abroad, will not be allowed to work with information representing a state secret, the Azerbaijani Parliament told Trend on May 21.

The bill on amendments to the law has been submitted to the Parliament for discussion.

Article 23 of the law (grounds for refusal of providing an official or a citizen with access to state secrets) has been changed.

In particular, the grounds for refusal of providing an official or a citizen with access to state secrets are this person's incapability or partially capability confirmed by a court's decision, accusation of committing crimes against the constitutional order and security of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as other heinous crimes (regardless of departure or removal of convictions).

Moreover, those detained for the above-mentioned offenses or those having any preventive measure (until they are released and the preventive measure is completed) may have no access to state secrets either.

The individuals involved in state secret operations will also have no access to state secrets if they commit actions posing a threat to the security of the Azerbaijan Republic; evading verification operations or providing false personal data.

The law is expected to include an article on keeping centralized accounting and creating an information database for the relevant executive body's denial of providing an official or a citizen with access to work with state secrets.

Measures on strengthening state secret security are planned.

The verification operations allowing officials and citizens to work with information of particular importance, secret and classified information are conducted in the prosecution bodies by the General Prosecutor's Office, in state agencies, departments, enterprises and organizations by the relevant executive bodies.

The scope and rules for verification operations are prepared by the body carrying out checks and agreed with the relevant bodies.

The mutual obligations of the employer and the person permitted to work with state secrets are reflected in the employment contract. When hiring without an employment contract, this item is reflected in the non-disclosure obligations. A person without permission to work with state secrets can not be appointed to a position associated with the work.

edited by CN

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