08ASTANA41, KAZAKHSTAN: ANTI-NARCOTICS LEGISLATION WOULD INCREASE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08ASTANA41 2008-01-09 12:08 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO7759
RR RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #0041 0091208
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 091208Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1461
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0119
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 000041 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (BUHLER AND BALABANIAN), INL/C, SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR SOCI KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: ANTI-NARCOTICS LEGISLATION WOULD INCREASE 
CRIMINAL PENALTIES 
 
 
1. The media reported on January 9 that the Mazhilis (the lower 
chamber of Parliament) has approved a bill to amend the Criminal and 
Administrative Codes to increase penalties for drug-related crimes 
up to life imprisonment. 
 
2. Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs (MVD), 
said that life imprisonment will be applied in cases of 1) sales of 
drugs in educational institutions and to minors; 2) sales of large 
quantities of drugs, especially when sold by organized criminal 
groups; and 3) sales resulting in death.  The bill includes 
sanctions against "entertainment organizations" and allows for 
temporary suspension or closure of such facilities if drugs are 
found. 
 
3.  At a meeting with Mazhilis deputies, Vice Minister Kassymov 
contended that contraband and narco-trafficking is growing in 
Kazakhstan and that criminal penalties must be toughened in 
response.  Maratkali Nukenov, Chairman of the Committee on Combating 
Drugs of the MVD, said in a press interview on January 5 that China 
has been the most country successful in countering drugs, because of 
its tough penalties for drug-related crimes, including the death 
penalty,  as well as its well-developed drug demand reduction and 
rehabilitation programs.  The Kazakhstani MVD, Nukenov explained, is 
incorporating the positive examples of its Chinese counterparts in 
its work. 
 
ORDWAY

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