13 Mar 2019 12:27

Kazakhstan has not deprived anyone of citizenship on terrorism grounds, no such plans so far - National Security Committee

ASTANA. March 13 (Interfax) - The law allowing for terrorists to be deprived of their citizenship, which took effect in Kazakhstan in 2017, has not been applied as of yet, a representative of the Kazakh National Security Committee told Interfax.

"There have been no such cases since 2017, when the norm allowing for terrorists to be deprived of citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan took effect as a supplementary criminal penalty consistent with Article 21 of the Criminal Code," the representative said in reply to Interfax's question.

"The application of this norm to particular individuals is not being considered at present," he said.

In summer 2017, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Law "On Changes and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the Purpose of their Reconciliation with Norms of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan."

Seven codes and 46 laws were modified as a result. Article 21 of the Kazakh Criminal Code stipulates the deprivation of citizenship as an additional criminal penalty, which can apply to 14 types of severe terrorist offenses, such as terror attacks, the establishment and governance of a terrorist cell, and participation in a terrorist cell's activity.

It was noted that courts would enforce the measure in exclusive cases, having fully studied case details and evaluated the severity of the deeds and their consequences.