06ASTANA88, KAZAKHSTAN: INL QUARTERLY REPORT

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06ASTANA88 2006-10-15 14:14 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS ASTANA 000088 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL SNYDER, CARROLL, ALTON; SCA/CEN FOR OMARA 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR KCRM KCOR PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INL QUARTERLY REPORT 
 
REF: A) ASTANA 0032, B) ALMATY 0892 
 
1. Summary:  INL conducted activities in anti-money laundering, 
border security, anti-trafficking, crime statistics, and 
counter-narcotics through the calendar quarter that ended September 
30.  Also during this period, Ambassador Ordway and MVD Minister 
Mukhamedzhanov signed the FY2005/2006 ALOA and DCM Milas and 
Minister Mukhamedzhanov signed an amendment to the Financial Face 
Sheet for FY 2003/2004. End summary. 
 
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Anti-Money Laundering 
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2.  On July 24-28 INL and the Financial Police Academy sponsored a 
continuing professional education course on Financial Investigative 
Techniques (FIT) for financial police officers.  Experts of the 
Office of Technical Assistance of the Department of the U.S. 
Treasury conducted the course.  The FIT course is a part of the 
ongoing mutual work aimed at the improvement of the methods of 
financial investigation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, and money 
laundering in particular.  23 financial police officers (16 
investigators and seven policemen) successfully passed the course. 
More sessions are planned for the end of this year to cover officers 
in other regions of the country. 
 
3.  American experts co-taught the course with the Kazakhstani 
specialists from the Procurator General's Office of the RK, Ministry 
of Internal Affairs of the RK, Supreme Court of the RK, Agency on 
Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (Financial Police), as well 
as professors and teachers from the Financial Police Academy.  This 
approach is a new avenue of cooperation between INL and the Academy. 
 The course is also remarkable because the educational material was 
incorporated into the official curriculum of the Academy approved by 
the Agency on Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (Financial 
Police) of the RK. 
 
4.  Among other topics, the instructors introduced to the FinPol 
Officers to use of various sources of information, international 
cooperation in the sphere of combating money laundering, Kazakhstani 
legislation on anti-money laundering and the structure of the future 
FIU, special investigative techniques and methods of proof.  An 
essential part of the course was practical exercises on the above 
mentioned topics. 
 
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STRENGTHENING THE BORDER WITH UZBEKISTAN 
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5. International Organization for Migration (IOM) is implementing an 
INL-funded Project "Enhancing Immigration Inspection and Border 
Control on the Kazakhstani-Uzbekistani Border".  One of the main 
elements of the project is to train Border Guard Officers and staff 
in how to identify fraudulent documents and use controller's mobile 
work station for registering passenger documents and identifying the 
forged documents "Berkut".  On May 22-27 IOM, in cooperation with 
the Military Institute of the Committee for National Security (KNB), 
conducted two training sessions on Fraudulent Document 
Identification and Border Control Techniques for the border guard 
staff on the Kazakhstani-Uzbek border.  Training was delivered in 
two locations "Kazygurt" and "Gani Muratbayeva" and covered 25 
people from different border checkpoints. 
 
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KNB NARCOTICS INTERDICTION 
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6. As part of U.S. efforts to assist Kazakhstan in the fight against 
drug trafficking, INL provided the KNB Military Institute with 
equipment to be used in specialized training sessions on drug 
identification and the search of vehicles.  The equipment provided 
will permit cadets to be trained to use equipment at posts they will 
be assigned.  Ambassador Ordway officially handed over the equipment 
to KNB Military Institute Director Baurzhan Yelubayev during a 
ceremony at the Institute on June 20. 
 
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IMPROVING THE COLLECTION OF CRIME STATISTICS 
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7. INL and the Statistics Division of the Procurator General's 
Office co-sponsored a conference "Improvement of Collection of State 
Legal Statistics and Legislation in Sphere of Combating Drug 
Addiction and Drug Trafficking," which was held in the city of 
Uralsk (Western - Kazakhstan oblast) on June 27. 
 
8. At the conference, 24 participants from the Ministry of Education 
and Science, the Procurator General's Office, the Committee for 
National Security, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of 
Internal Affairs worked out draft recommendations on improvement of 
collection of statistics, pertaining to narcotics-related crimes and 
the number
of drug addicts.  One of the main issues was 
strengthening interagency cooperation in the effort to effectively 
combat drug trafficking.  The fourth conference is scheduled to take 
place in Borovoye (Northern Kazakhstan) on October 27.  This is part 
of a three-year program to improve the collection, analysis, and 
distribution of statistical information on crime and narcotics in 
Kazakhstan. 
 
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ANTI-TIP TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND JUDGES 
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9.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) implemented 
INL-funded training session on anti-trafficking issues for law 
enforcement officers and judges.  The training aimed at 
strengthening professional capacity of the participants in 
detection, investigation, prosecution and conduction of hearings of 
human trafficking cases. 
 
10.  During first session for policemen and investigators on July 
24-26, 19 officers successfully completed the course. 
Anti-trafficking experts from IOM and Kazakhstani NGO's co-taught 
with an expert from the U.S.  Participants discussed the issue of 
trafficking in persons in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, established 
contact with various NGOs that assist trafficking victims, and 
learned about U.S. experience in combating human trafficking.  At 
the end of the seminar, officers developed recommendations to 
improve their counter-trafficking work. 
 
11.  INL sponsored an anti-TIP training session for judges on July 
27-29.  19 judges from around 10 different regions of the country 
completed the training.  IOM updated participants on the recent 
amendments to the anti-trafficking legislation (ref A).  The program 
mainly focused on judicial investigation and prosecution of 
trafficking cases.  The U.S. expert shared the experiences of U.S. 
law enforcement agencies in prosecution of human trafficking.  The 
judges developed recommendations for conducting a trial for human 
trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced 
labor.  Next session for law enforcement officers and judges is 
scheduled for the beginning of 2007. 
 
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RAISING ANTI-TIP AWARENESS 
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12.  INL provided a grant to IOM to design, print and disseminate 
anti-trafficking in persons information materials.  These materials 
are designed for law enforcement officers and contain information 
about main characteristics of TIP-related crimes, recommendations on 
detection and investigation of such crimes, as well as reference to 
organizations and agencies that provide assistance to trafficking 
victims.  IOM disseminates the materials (plastic cards, posters, 
notepads, coffee cups, T-shirts, etc. to the participants in 
INL-funded training for law enforcement officers and judges. 
 
13.  The police divisions in charge of counter-trafficking in 
Kazakhstan are lacking specialized materials which would contain 
information about the methods of detection and investigation of 
trafficking in persons crimes.  There is also a need for guidelines 
focused on the current counter-trafficking legislation and 
trafficking situation specific to the various regions of the 
country.  To address this need INL funded the development and 
distribution of guidelines.  Within this grant IOM has printed 1,000 
brochures containing the necessary information and is disseminating 
them to counter-trafficking police divisions, police academies and 
law schools. 
 
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ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS CENTER 
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14.  In July 2005, at the request of the GOK, INL assisted in the 
establishment of a Center for Training Specialists on Combating 
Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (Anti-TIP Center) at 
the Karaganda Legal Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 
(ref B) 
 
15.  Renovation of two auditoriums and two offices for the Anti-TIP 
Center are underway.  INL anticipates completion of refurbishments 
by the end of October 2006, in time for the beginning of the next 
class of 30 practicing migration policemen.  Upon completion of 
renovation INL will provide new equipment and furniture. 
 
16.  The Anti-TIP Center is a joint U.S.-GOK project.  The GOK is 
constructing a five-story dormitory for students studying at the 
Center.  Completion of the dorm is scheduled for the end of 2006. 
INL will provide equipment and furniture for the dorm where students 
will live when attending courses at the Center.  MVD is hopeful that 
the Center will receive international status in the future.  In that 
case, the Center will provide an opportunity for officers from 
Central Asian countries to improve their professional skills, as 
well as improve cooperation between the countries in combating human 
trafficking. 
 
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LETTER OF AGREEMENT 
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17.  On August 28 Ambassador Ordway and MVD Minister Baurzhan 
Mukhamedzhanov signed the Amended Letter of Agreement (#3) which 
obligated FY 2005/2006 INL funds totaling $680,000.  The funds will 
be used to continue programs in counter-narcotics, border security, 
anti-TIP, and AML.  Additionally, on September 28 DCM Milas and 
Minister Mukhamedzhanov signed an amendment to the FY 2003/2004 ALOA 
(#4) Face Sheet providing an additional $65,000 for CN and border 
security programs. 
 
MILAS

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