Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 81

At a special April 22 session of Kazakstan’s National Security Council, President Nursultan Nazarbaev ordered a major reorganization of security and law enforcement agencies with a view to intensifying anti-crime measures. The president announced at a briefing that the State Investigations Committee is being enlarged and is establishing units at the central, regional, and city levels in order to combat official corruption, abuse of power, and economic crime. The Internal Affairs Ministry is setting up a special department to combat street crime, and the Defense Ministry is creating the institution of Military Police. The collection and reporting of crime statistics is being centralized in a newly created organ under the Prosecutor General’s Office "in order to ensure objective, rather than ministerial-bureaucratic statistics." Nazarbaev issued a "strict warning" to the heads of law-enforcement agencies that they would be replaced if they failed to show improvements in their performance "soon."

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