On 8 April 2016, an off-site meeting of a Senate Committee for the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place in Ust-Kamenogorsk (or Oskemen) in East Kazakhstan. The Committee is responsible for constitutional legislation, the court system and law enforcement authorities. The meeting covered the application of standards in the new penal code, the criminal justice system and legislation on law enforcement. Topics of discussion also included amendments to legislation in criminal law and criminal procedural law (e.g. in the field of judicial appraisals) and enhancing the performance of investigative magistrates.

The event was organised by the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Senate of Parliament for the Republic of Kazakhstan. As well as the organisers themselves, representatives of the following institutions also attended the meeting:

  • Ministry of Justice,
  • Supreme Court,
  • Ministry of Finance,
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs,
  • National Security Committee,
  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau under the Ministry for Civil Affairs,
  • Law Council of the Republic,
  • State Law University of Kazakhstan,
  • Regional public prosecutor's offices and courts,
  • Other regional authorities.

Some of these institutions were represented by very high-ranking individuals, which meant that the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Iogan Merkel, the Deputy Minister of Justice, Zauresh Baimoldina, and the Deputy Internal Affairs Minster, Rashid Zhakupov, took part in the lectures and discussions.

The meeting was opened and moderated by Serik Akylbay, the Chairman of the Committee. By request of the Public Prosecutor's Office for the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ was also represented by a German expert, Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov, a public prosecutor at the public prosecutor's office for the District Court in Dresden, and an employee of the IRZ from Bonn. Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov reported on the position of the public prosecutor's office within the German administrative structure and on the division of tasks between the public prosecutors' office, the police and the courts in investigative procedures in Germany. These topics were taken on board and addressed time and again by the Kazakh partners, making it clear that they are trying to orientate themselves to western - and in particular German – standards.