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International conference on criminal proceedings in Ak Bulak near Almaty

Published: April 5, 2017

In cooperation with the Constitutional Council, the Public Prosecutor General's Office and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an international conference on “Efficient penal policy and the ideal criminal proceedings model as a priority for the development of a modern legal protection system” was held on 17 and 18 March 2017 in Ak Bulak, near Almaty.

The conference was opened with a session on “The principles of case law and its role in protecting human rights and freedoms in criminal proceedings.” Subsequent panels dealt with the investigation process, the registration of business offences and their investigation and the modernisation of criminal sanctions in the fight against individual crimes in IT, business and corruption. The second day of the conference was devoted to the topic “Establishing criteria for the classification of criminal offences and crimes”.

Participants in the conference included high-ranking Kazakh representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Constitutional Council, the Public Prosecutor General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Parliament, the Ministries of Justice, Internal Affairs and Finance and many international partners.

Lectures were given by various speakers from the European Council, the OSCE, the Venice Commission, a judge from the Netherlands and the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. The IRZ, supported by an institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was represented by three experts in the field. Christian Roch, a judge at the Local Court of Sonthofen attending as the director’s permanent representative, gave a lecture on the particularities of legal proceedings for criminal offences. In a second lecture, he spoke about the classification of offences and crimes in German criminal law. Kristina Kunert, a judge at the Local Court of Tiergarten in Berlin, outlined the main enforcement measures in criminal proceedings and their legal requirements. In her second lecture, she discussed the registration of criminal charges and the legal regulations for documenting procedures. The former public prosecutor specialising in the fight against corruption, Professor Bijan Nowrousian from the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management of North Rhine-Westphalia in Münster, presented the investigation process for corruption and economic offences. His second lecture dealt with protecting trade secrets and the interests of the companies concerned.
The German contributions were met with great interest from the participants. After the conference, Christian Roch and Bijan Nowrousian were invited to a consultation with the RK Public Prosecutor General, Zhakyp Assanov, and his First Deputy, Jogan Merkel, in Astana. This two-hour meeting dealt with the drafting of the new legislation for public prosecutors. The focus was on the position of public prosecutors in German criminal proceedings and above all in relation to the police. Based on their professional experience as a judge and public prosecutor, the German experts reported on the legal situation and legal practice in Germany.

To conclude, following the 2015 reforms of the code of criminal procedure for the Republic of Kazakhstan, the decision-making process for optimising and applying the new legal standards will be continued.