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Working Visit of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the subject "Criminal offences against the judiciary and penitentiary regulations“

Published: November 3, 2017
The Kazakh delegation at the Regional Court of Munich I
The Kazakh delegation at the Regional Court of Munich I

A study trip was organised in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Sonthofen, Kempten and Munich from 16 to 20 October 2017 on the subject “Criminal offences against the judiciary and penitentiary regulations”, which was attended by five judges from different regions in Kazakhstan.

The programme started at the local court of Sonthofen with an introduction into how criminal procedures work in Germany. Afterwards, the focus was on offences relating to making false statements and forging deeds as well as on giving false evidence in the course of proceedings in the German criminal procedure. The guests from Kazakhstan also had the opportunity to attend two court trials. In this context they found it particularly interesting that a guardianship judge was heard as a witness. The laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan do not provide for a judge being summoned as a witness.

At the public prosecutor’s office in Kempten the speakers reported, amongst other things, on aiding a perpetrator of an offence, favouritism and punishable acts in office (bribery, perversion of the course of justice) and criminal offences against law and order.

The deputy head of the police department of Sonthofen, Kurt Islar, presented the amended law on the tightened provisions for criminal offences against police officers and other rescue units which came into force in spring 2017. He also gave an account of punishable acts against law and order from the police's point of view.

The delegation learned about the work of a criminal division in charge of executing sentences at the regional court of Kempten. This topic met with particular interest because there is no respective institution in Kazakhstan.

On the last day of their study trip, the Kazakh judges learned at the regional court of Munich how preventive custody is regulated in the German criminal law and which police measures a German court can take during the hearing.

The successful cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be continued as early as in November.