Kazakhstan plans to tighten criminal responsibility for terrorism
Kazakhstan, Astana, October 22/ Trend, D. Mukhtarov /
The criminal responsibility for terrorism can be tightened in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan's Deputy Interior Minister Yerlik Kenenbaev said during a meeting with members of the Senate (upper chamber) of the country's parliament and the leadership of Agency for Religious Affairs of Kazakhstan.
"The Interior Ministry is considering proposals for the mandatory establishment of administrative supervision over persons that served their sentences for committing extremist and terrorist crimes. Within the draft new edition of the Criminal Code, the criminal responsibility for extremism and terrorism, spreading of radical ideologies, including with the use of the latest technologies," the Deputy Minister said during the meeting dedicated to the bill "On making amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on the issues of combating extremism and terrorism".
He added that the age at which criminal responsibility for promoting terrorism or extremism, or public incitement to commit an act of terrorism in the country was reduced from 16 to 14 years. Also the Deputy Minister said that within the new draft law, the article about financing extremist or terrorist activity and other abetting terrorism or extremism was completely edited.
"The sanctions were significantly tightened, " Kenenbaev stressed. According to him, the violation of the legislation on religious activity and religious associations will be regarded as a criminal offense.
"There are limitations on what measures are considered humane when punishing people convicted of terrorist or extremist crimes. Those who are convicted for committing extremist or terrorist crimes, or for participation in the activity of the organization banned in the country, are not subject to transfer to a penal colony," the deputy minister added.