07ASTANA2895, Vision of the Future from the Forensics Director

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07ASTANA2895 2007-10-19 11:06 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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RR RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #2895 2921106
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191106Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0981
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 002895 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (BUHLER), SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR SOCI KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: Vision of the Future from the Forensics Director 
 
1. Summary:  Newly appointed Head of the Forensic Center in Astana 
has ambitious plans to improve the work of his institution.  He has 
received approval from the Prime Minister for the construction of a 
new building to house the National Forensic Center in Astana.  He 
plans to establish a Regional Forensic Academy for Central Asian and 
other countries in the region at the Center.  He is also working to 
reform and develop methods to improve capabilities of the Forensic 
Center to provide operational assistance to law enforcement in 
combating drug trafficking throughout the country.  End summary. 
 
2.  On September 11, 2007, INL Officer and Program Manager met with 
the Head of the Forensic Center Kairat Amankulov in Astana. 
Amankulov was appointed in December of 2006 and is a former police 
officer with long experience in criminal investigations.  During the 
meeting he shared information about the GOK's plan to improve the 
forensic system in the country. 
 
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BACKGROUND 
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3.  In 1997, as part of democratization process, the forensics 
department of the Ministry of Interior was separated into a 
governmental institution under the Ministry of Justice.  The head of 
the forensics department stated that the split was intended to give 
the forensics department independence from law enforcement. 
 
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FUTURE AMBITIOUS PLANS 
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4.  Currently there are 17 poorly equipped regional forensic 
laboratories in the country with about 600 experts.  The Central 
Laboratory is located in Almaty.  Amankulov shared his ambitious 
plans for a forensic development program over the next three years. 
The Center expects to soon receive the first large disbursement from 
the state budget and Amankulov has received preliminary approval 
from the Prime Minister for construction of a new building in 
Astana.  His plan is to equip the center with the latest equipment 
that will meet all international standards.  The National Forensic 
Laboratory will then be moved to Astana from Almaty. 
 
5.  Amankulov aspires to establish a Regional Forensic Science 
Academy in Astana.  His objective is for the Academy to serve as a 
center for training and conferences for forensic scientists and 
experts in Central Asia.  As a first step, the Forensic Center 
hosted an international conference in Almaty on September 18 and 19. 
 Experts from Russia, China, and Kyrgyzstan attended. 
 
6.  Amankulov and his staff are also working to reform the forensic 
system in Kazakhstan.  He expects that, as part of the development 
program, the Forensic Center will become a Committee of the Ministry 
of Justice.  This change will give the center official status within 
the Ministry and all of the Center's employees will become civil 
servants.  The Center is working to gain international accreditation 
and is ready to invest in training for its experts. 
 
7.  Amankulov is also personally invested in the development of a 
database to be used to identify the  origin of seized drugs.  He is 
planning to publish a handbook with a map of types of soil and drugs 
to share with regional forensic offices.  He underscored the fact 
that such guide will facilitate the process of drug identification 
and locating the sources.  He expects that in the future his Center 
will be able to use this information to provide analysis of growing 
and trafficking trends to law enforcement agencies in the region. 
 
8.  During the meeting he noted that because of the stabilization 
and development of the economy, the number of drug users is 
increasing, which also attracts a larger flow of drugs into the 
country.  He thanked the USG for support in combating drugs.  He 
also noted that even though the economic situation of Kazakhstan is 
improving, the Center still relies on foreign technical assistance. 
 
 
8. Comment:  Post welcomes GOK efforts to improve the forensic 
system.  If the Forensic Center accomplishes all that Amankulov 
envisions, it will do much to enhance the work of law enforcement to 
combat drug trafficking into and through the region.  End comment. 
 
ORDWAY

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