07ASTANA1094, NEW HEAD OF FINANCIAL POLICE ACADEMY IN

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07ASTANA1094 2007-04-26 03:39 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO7468
PP RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #1094 1160339
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 260339Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9235
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP EURASIA//
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC//IET//
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC

UNCLAS ASTANA 001094 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (OMARA), INR, INL/AAE (ALTON) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR KCOR KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: NEW HEAD OF FINANCIAL POLICE ACADEMY IN 
 KAZAKHSTAN 
 
 
1. (U) Summary: On March 29, the Chairman of the Financial Police 
appointed Major-General Ramazan Tleuhan to head the Kazakhstani 
Financial Police Academy located near Astana.  The new Head of 
Financial Police Academy replaces Colonel/Professor of the Financial 
Police Academy, Marat Kogamov.  End summary. 
 
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NEW HEAD OF FINANCIAL POLICE ACADEMY 
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2. (U) Chairman of the Agency on Combating Economic and Corruption 
Crimes (the Financial Police), Sarybai Kalmurzayev, appointed 
Ramazan Tleuhan to head the Financial Police Academy on March 29. 
Since February 2006, Tleuhan worked as the Head of the Department on 
Combating Economic and Corruption Crimes in Western Kazakhstan 
Region (WKR). Prior to that Tleuhan was the Head of the Department 
on Detection and Prevention of Corruption Cases of the Financial 
Police. In previous years Tleuhan worked in different positions 
including as the Advisor to the Chairman of the Financial Police in 
2005.  In 1978 he obtained his degree in law at Kazakhstani State 
University named after S. Kirov. 
 
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TLEUHAN'S INVOLVEMENT IN CONTROVERSY 
------------------------------------ 
 
3. (SBU) In 2006, Tleuhan was involved in a conflict between three 
law enforcement agencies in the WKR that generated charges and 
counter-charges of corruption by each agency.  The conflict caused 
considerable public stir and was widely covered by media.  The 
conflict broke out between the regional departments of Financial 
Police on one side and the Procurator General's Office and the 
Committee for National Security (KNB) on the other.  The KNB 
launched a criminal case against Tleukhan for misappropriation of 
state property after the Financial Police opened a criminal case 
against the Deputy Regional Procurator, the Uralsk Procurator and 
the head of the KNB department.  Furthermore, then KNB department 
head Nurmuhamedov accused Tleukhan of links to criminal elements. 
As a result of this conflict, all the heads of the three law 
enforcement agencies in WKR were fired for failing to perform their 
official duties and for violating the law.  (Note: The case is still 
under investigation so the facts regarding the guilt of the 
individuals have not been established.  Given that the KNB is 
involved, the facts may never come to light.  End note.) 
 
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KOGAMOV MOVES TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL 
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4. (U) Colonel of Financial Police Marat Kogamov became the Head of 
the Financial Police Academy in May 2001 and served in this post 
through June 2003. He was re-appointed in October 2004 and remained 
in the position until replaced by Tleuhan.  He has now been 
appointed as a Senior Inspector of the Security Council of 
Kazakhstan. 
 
 
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COMMENT 
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5. (SBU) While post regrets the departure of Kogamov, an excellent 
interlocutor who actively advanced anti-money laundering and 
anti-corruption cooperation with the U.S., initial communication 
with Tleuhan gives hope that close cooperation with the Financial 
Police Academy will continue. 
 
ORDWAY

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