- Published: June 22, 2018
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.