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by November 20, 2019 Market

At the plenary session, during the first reading of amendments to improve the criminal and criminal procedural legislation, Mazhilis Chairman Nurlan Nigmatulin spoke in favor of toughening the punishment for serious crimes, primarily for drug trafficking and violence against minors, the press service of the Mazhilis reports.

As you remember, Head of State Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev in this year’s Address instructed the Parliament and the Government to increase penalties for sexual violence, pedophilia, drug trafficking, human trafficking, domestic violence against women and other serious crimes against a person, especially against children. The President also instructed to tighten legislation against poaching and cattle theft, Chairman of the Mazhilis Nurlan Nigmatulin recalled.

At the same time, the Mazhilis Speaker focused on the fact that the deputies not only supported the proposals of the Government, but also insisted on toughening the punishment for serious crimes.

First of all, the deputies spoke about the punishment for drug crimes.

Having noted that in the government version of the draft law, the article 297 stipulates responsibility for the transfer or sale of narcotic substances through electronic information resources, the Speaker of the Mazhilis emphasized that only those who post drug offers on the Internet or those who indicate places of stash of drugs through social networks fall under this article.

But so-called stencilers that paint drug adds on buildings and fences do not fall under the article. Thus, they avoid responsibility. But it is they who ensure the expansion of the market. Therefore, in our opinion, it will be correct if the Criminal Code stipulates a separate responsibility for those who carry out propaganda and illegal advertising of drugs. And their responsibility should correspond to the degree and size of the harm that all those who contribute to the spread of drugs do. Very strict sanctions are applied to such people all over the world. Long sentences up to life. And in some places the death penalty is also provided. Therefore, we must introduce into the Criminal Code the norms by which persons advertising drugs will be held responsible, Nurlan Nigmatulin said.

The Chairman of the Mazhilis called the situation paradoxical, because departments responsible for the development of the bill rejected these measures to tighten legislation.

According to the Speaker of the Mazhilis, the proposal to transfer the use of narcotic drugs from criminal offenses to the category of administrative ones is untimely.

By transferring drug use from criminal offenses to administrative, we create conditions when this category of people leaves the custody of law enforcement agencies. At most, they will be dealt with by district police officers who have no operational or investigative capabilities, N. Nigmatulin said.

The Chairman of the Mazhilis also emphasized that the fight against drug crime must be comprehensive, including those law enforcement officials who contribute to the spread of drugs.

The fight against drug crime, like war, does not tolerate half measures. As hostilities are carried out everywhere: on land, in the sea and in the air, so the fight against drug crime must be waged along the entire chain: against manufacture and against advertising, marketing and consumption. Only then we will be able to say that the order of the Head of State has been completed, Nurlan Nigmatulin said.

Noting the importance of the bill approved in the first reading, the Chairman of the Mazhilis emphasized that the document ensures the practical implementation of the instructions given by the leadership of our country.

In particular, now any violent sexual acts will pertain to serious crimes, and reconciliation of the parties is impossible here. The responsibility for crimes against the sexual integrity of minors has been strengthened, Nurlan Nigmatulin said.

At the same time, the Speaker of the Mazhilis emphasized that, on the proposal of the deputies, the punishment for violence against minors has been tightened up to life imprisonment.

In addition, the punishment has been toughened for such crimes as illegal hunting, responsibility has been introduced for the encroachment on the life of state inspectors for the protection of wildlife, along with liability for the same acts against employees of law enforcement and special state bodies.

A separate criminal norm is introduced against cattle theft for the first time. This should increase the effectiveness of combating theft of livestock and contribute to a significant reduction in such crimes.

We believe that adding greater punitive measures for serious crimes will ensure protection of citizens’ rights and security. So, before the second reading, a lot of work has to be done in order to fully ensure the implementation of the instructions of the Head of State, Nurlan Nigmatulin said.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050