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In partnership with the Law Academy at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ organised a seminar on combating corruption on 4 December in Nursultan, followed by a round table discussion on the same subject held on the following day.
The seminar was aimed at employees of law enforcement authorities, who are currently attending further training courses at the Academy and were able to gain an insight into the German system thanks to the IRZ seminar.
The round table discussions held on 5 December 2019 involved, amongst others, representatives of the training institute at the Law Academy. The IRZ was able to recruit Public Prosecutor Stefan Schlotter from the Frankfurt Public Prosecutor’s Office to attend both event formats as a German expert. Stefan Schlotter spoke about subjects including methods of exposing and investigating corruption offences and also used practical case examples to present the main methods of preventing corruption.
There were lively discussions at both events, with participants showing their interest by asking the German expert plenty of questions. The participants were able to study the subjects of preventing and combating corruption in depth and gain valuable knowledge along the way.
In partnership with the Academy of Law Enforcement Authorities at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in the Republic of Kazakhstan, a seminar on aviation safety was held on 6 November 2019 in Nursultan. Jens Friedemann from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) took part as a German expert on behalf of the IRZ.
The Kazakh participants in the seminar included public prosecutors from the Office of the Public Prosecutor General and the Main Traffic Prosecutor's Office, as well as investigators from the traffic police, who were very interested in learning about the work of the BFU.
The IRZ expert Jens Friedemann informed the participants about:
the German aviation safety system,
investigation into the causes of aircraft accidents and
coordination between specialist and law enforcement authorities in the area of transport safety.
Nurlan Akkulow, Chief Investigator at the Kazakh Air Accident Investigation Authority, presented the Kazakh experiences in this area.
The 28 participants showed a great deal of interest in the following aspects in particular:
the independence of the BFU and how this is guaranteed in work processes,
communication and consultation regarding responsibilities and
the benefits that the law enforcement authorities can draw from the investigation report and the expert knowledge of the BFU contained in this report.
About the work of the BFU
As well as aviation safety, the areas of responsibility of the BFU include above all the collection of evidence and establishment of the causes of aircraft accidents, with the aim of preventing accidents and malfunctions from happening in future. The investigations carried out by the BFU are not aimed at apportioning blame or liability. However, the BFU’s report does provide a technical basis for the subsequent work of law enforcement authorities. The BFU works as an independent body. It must not be influenced by politics or the media nor allow itself to be influenced. The establishment of the causes of aircraft accidents is impartial and purely factual. BFU employees, who come from a wide variety of specialist fields, shed light on the potential aeronautical, technical and psychological reasons, which may have led to the aviation accident.
From 28 to 30 October 2019, a delegation from the Kazakh Office of the Public Prosecutor General visited the Office of Criminal Police Investigation of Lower Saxony, the Competence Centre for the Prevention of Islamism in Lower Saxony, the Ministry of Justice for Lower Saxony and the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in Celle. The study visit on “Combating Terrorism in Germany” was organised by the IRZ.
Seven senior public prosecutors, who are involved in the fight against extremism and terrorism in Kazakhstan, and a leading academic from a research centre at the Academy for Combating Terrorism and Extremism learned about the following subjects in Lower Saxony:
Risk and threat management in the area of Islamist endangerers,
the system for assessing the danger of radicalised persons,
presentation of guidelines for dealing with religious and political extremism in law enforcement,
measures for deradicalisation/cooperation with the non-governmental organisation Violence Prevention Network,
networking with communities and local civil society and
presentation of the work involved in the prevention of Salafist radicalism.
The delegation was particularly interested in the structures and processes of the authorities, specific investigation measures and prevention work, particularly when it comes to the recruitment of children. In each case, the Kazakh system was compared with the German system. The Kazakh guests also expressed their approval of the European network and of the success rate of the transnational cooperation between EU countries. Both sides are very interested in continuing to work together on this in the future.