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Kazakhstan passes law increasing penalties for incitement to mass riots – Reuters

It is reported that the law was passed by the Parliament of Kazakhstan on Thursday.

“Strengthening of penalties for inciting mass riots, including those involving the use of telecommunications networks, is being considered,” the agency said quoting Interior Minister Marat Akhmetzhanov during his speech in the Senate ( upper house of parliament).

The new law proposes in particular to increase the liability for incitement to riot from 3 to 5 years in prison. In addition, for the same crimes that were committed using telecommunications networks, it was proposed to be imprisoned from 3 to 7 years.

In addition, it is proposed to increase liability from 5 to 7 years in prison for hooliganism committed as part of a criminal gang.
Amendments are also made to the Criminal Code. They provide that for the first time persons sentenced to a custodial sentence will serve their sentence in a medium-security institution (general regime). Previously convicted persons will serve their sentences in maximum security colonies (strict regime).

It is noteworthy that after the adoption by Parliament of amendments to the legislation, providing for an increased penalty for inciting mass riots, will go to the signature of the President of Kazakhstan.

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