Working visit of a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan on the topics prison system and police training

Visit of the police headquarters in Nienburg (centre: Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK)
Visit of the police headquarters in Nienburg (centre: Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK)
Kazakhstan

From 18 to 20 July 2018 a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) visited several institutions of the prison system of Lower Saxony to obtain information about the prison system and the training of police officers.

The members of the delegation were:

  • Nurlan Yermekbayev, Secretary of the Security Council of RK;
  • Alexey Kalaichidi, Head of the Law Enforcement System Department at the Executive Office of the President of RK
  • Berik Bissenkulov, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of RK; and
  • Azamat Bazylbekov, Chairperson of the Committee of the Criminal-Executive System at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of RK.

The topics on the first day were the prison system and the probation service system. Dr. Peter Best, supported by Public Prosecutor General Dr. Frank Lüttig, gave a detailed overview of the German prison system and the alternatives.

On the second day the delegation visited the police academy in Nienburg and gained information about the higher education of police officers. Professor Dr. Heike Matthias-Ripke reported extensively about the three-year course at the academy, the individual subjects taught and about the career prospects after completing the study course.The next stop on the working visit was an afternoon at the police headquarters in Nienburg. The participants gained information on how the German police is organised and what its tasks are.

On the last day the delegation visited the prison in Sehnde. After a comprehensive introduction into the work of the penal institution, there was a guided tour of the training rooms and workshops, amongst others.

At the request of the Kazakh partners further consultations on the prison system are to take place.

A follow-up event in Kazakhstan in autumn has been proposed.

Kazakh delegation visits Frankfurt/Main for a study visit on criminal proceedings

Visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime in Gießen
Visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime in Gießen
Kazakhstan

From 19 to 22 June 2018, a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan learned about how the criminal investigation process works in Germany. The study visit to Frankfurt/Main organised by the IRZ was supported by an institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The Kazakh delegation was made up of high-ranking representatives from the following institutions

  • President’s office,
  • Office of the Public Prosecutor General,
  • Supreme Court,
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • the National Security Committee
  • the National Anti-Corruption Bureau

The main focus was on how the criminal investigation process works in Germany and on the powers of public prosecutors, the police and the court in criminal investigation processes.

The event began with a very lively exchange of experiences between the Kazakh guests and the German experts. Representing the German side were:

  • Hans-Josef Blumensatt, former Prosecutor General,
  • Dr. Achim Thiel, former Chief of Police and
  • Dr. Andreas Weishaupt, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf.

The expert discussions continued at the public prosecutor’s office, the police headquarters and at the local court in Frankfurt. The delegation also paid a visit to the German Centre for Combating Cyber Crime at the office of the public prosecutor general of Frankfurt in Gießen. Here the focus was in particular on investigations / internet crime. 

The participants showed a great deal of interest in the German legal system. The role of public prosecutors in the investigation process was again discussed particularly intensively.

Following many years of advice provided by the IRZ, the Kazakh partners are planning to base their criminal investigation process on the German model.

20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Participants in the Round Table on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”
Participants in the Round Table on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”
Kazakhstan

On 23 May 2018, the IRZ together with the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Embassy organised a Round Table in Berlin on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

The event was opened and moderated by the Ambassador for the Republic of Kazakhstan in Germany, Bolat Nussupov. To begin with, the President of the Agency, Alik Shpekbayev, presented the anti-corruption policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and explained the key measures in place to fight corruption:

  • anti-corruption monitoring
  • analysis of corruption risks and
  • promotion of an anti-corruption culture.

These measures are also set out in the National Plan “100 steps towards achieving the five reforms”. The new anti-corruption legislation, which came into force in 2016, governs the legal status of the fight against corruption, with the objective of implementing the anti-corruption policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption plays an important role here. It is responsible for implementing the government policy in the public service sector and for the evaluation and monitoring of the quality of public services and in the fight against corruption. All in all, the development of an anti-corruption culture and the associated measures for fighting corruption play an important social and economic role in Kazakhstan.

German experts also took part in the event and reported on the situation in this field in Germany:

  • Dr. Frank Böhme (German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Department II A 4) gave an overview of the legal framework for the repression of corruption.
  • Dr. Rüdiger Reiff (Senior Public Prosecutor at the Central Unit for Fighting Corruption at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in Berlin) gave a lecture on criminal investigations and prevention in the area of fighting corruption.
  • Jürgen Maurer (former Vice-President of the German Federal Criminal Office) discussed in his presentation on “The corruption situation, legal framework for fighting corruption and prevention concepts” the guidelines for supervisors and the code of practice against corruption, amongst other things.
  • Prof. Dr. Bijan Nowrousian (Professor of criminal law and the law on administrative offences at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management of North Rhine-Westphalia) presented details of the main offences in practice, namely the corruption offences of public officials.
  • Miriam Kosmehl (Bertelsmann Foundation, Senior Expert, Future of Europe programme) spoke about “The civil society and the fight against corruption” and shed light on the projects of the Bertelsmann Foundation relating to the fight against corruption. These include the “Bertelsmann Foundation’s Transformation Index (BTI)”, the “Strategies for a peaceful neighbourhood in the EU” and targeted studies such as “Open Government – a new experience of democracy.”

The other speakers at the event were Svetlana Savitskaya, Transparency International coordinator in the CIS states and Central Asia, and Virginie Coulloudon, Managing Director of the NGO “Your Public Value”.

The many different contributions reflected the various aspects of the fight against corruption in Germany and Kazakhstan. To conclude, the Round Table was a successful and profitable event for the German-Kazakh exchange of experiences in the field of the fight against corruption.