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N. Yermekbayev comments on changes in the legislation providing for the possibility of depriving citizenship for dangerous crimes

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During the interregional seminar on religion, Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev said that President N. Nazarbayev signed the Law “On amendments and additions to certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning their conformity with the Constitution”, according to which Kazakhstani citizens will face termination of citizenship for terrorism and other especially grave crimes.

More than 500 citizens of Kazakhstan are harbored in camps of militants abroad.

According to the Minister, at present the situation is deteriorating for terrorist groups in the Syrian-Iraqi zone. Criminals are looking for ways of retreat, including to places of their former residence. But this does not mean that they abandon their criminal intentions.

Therefore, having gained criminal experience, these individuals from among Kazakhstanis can return to the country with criminal intentions, including plans to commit terrorist acts. In this regard, the new amendments provide for the possibility of deprivation of citizenship.

This concerns terrorist acts, creation and management of terrorist cells and participation in their activities, as well as infliction of grave harm to the national and vital interests of the Republic. The court will deprive citizenship in exceptional cases on the basis of a full study of the circumstances of the case, the severity of the acts committed and the subsequent consequences, � Nurlan Yermekbayev said during the seminar.

As the Minister noted, those who went abroad to join terrorist organizations are treated as traitors to the Motherland.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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