Working visit from Kazakhstan to explore and investigate criminal offences in criminal proceedings

The IRZ organised a study trip to Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden from 18 to 22 May in cooperation with the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan to cover the "Exploration and investigation of criminal offences in criminal proceedings". The Head of Delegation was the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Iogan Merkel. Other participants in this high-ranking delegation were the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for National Security, Samat Abish; the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Rashid Zhakupov; the Head of Administration for supervising legislative activities and the Deputy Head of the Department for supervising the legality of court files and for representing the interests of the state in criminal cases for the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The delegation visited the Hessian Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Public Prosecutor General and the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Frankfurt am Main, the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation in Wiesbaden and the State Office of Criminal Investigation for the Hesse region, as well as the local court in Frankfurt am Main.

The IRZ has been advising the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2010 on the reform of its criminal law. Since the new code of criminal procedure and the new penal code entered into force on 1 January 2015, this working visit was mainly about the practical implementation of legal standards and experiences of this in Germany, in particular as far as the judgement of criminal offences is concerned.

International Roundtable about the Modernisation of the Criminal Procedure in Ak-Bulak near Almaty

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From left to right: B.Imashev, Ministry of Justice of the RK; N. Ermekbayev, Presidential aid; I. Rogov, Head of the Constitutional Council; I.Merkel, First Deputy Attorney General

From 12 to 13 March 2015 an international roundtable took place in Ak-Bulak near Almaty in Kazakhstan dealing with "The Modernisation of the Criminal Procedure as a Guarantee for the Effectiveness of the System of Legal Protection and Implementation of the Human Rights Potential of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan" in cooperation with the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan as well as the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The conference was attended by high-level Kazakh representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Office of the Public Prosecutor General, the Constitutional Council, Parliament, the Ministries of Justice, Internal Affairs and Finance as well as of the Supreme Court, and representatives of the OSCE Astana, the United Nations and the Venice Commission. Dr Jürgen Oehlerking, retired State Secretary (Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony) was involved from the German side with a contribution about the preliminary procedure in Germany.

The conference was a first exchange of experience gained after the new code of criminal procedure came into effect. It was kicked off with a presentation by Iogan Merkel (1st Deputy Public Prosecutor General), presenting the main amendments of the new code of criminal procedure, followed by a presentation of individual legal norms and a discussion of their application.

The IRZ has advised the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2010 about the reform of the criminal law. The new code of criminal procedure and the new criminal code came into effect on 1 January 2015. This year, the consultations will focus on the application of the new legal norms.

International Conference on the Fight against Corruption in Kostanay, Kazakhstan

From 12 to 13 February 2015 the IRZ organised the international conference "Legal Arrangements of foreign Countries in the Sphere of Civil Service and Counteraction of Corruption" in cooperation with the newly founded Agency on Civil Service Affairs and Counteraction of Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The conference focussed on international best practices in the fight against corruption and the practical consequences of these practices in Kazakhstan. There was a particular interest in the German contributions. The German experts participating in the conference were Jürgen Maurer, former Vice President of the Federal Criminal Police Office, and Bijan Nowrousian from the Public Prosecutor's Office in Kiel, who gave six presentations at the conference altogether and thus gave a comprehensive insight into the fight against corruption in Germany.

Apart from representatives of the Kazakh Prosecutor General's Office, the Regional Court of Kostanay and regional security and administrative authorities, speakers from the EU, Transparency Kazakhstan, UNDP and the US Embassy took part in the conference. A follow-up conference is planned for this year in Germany in cooperation with the Kazakh Anti-Corruption Agency and the Academy for Public Administration.