Kazakh Prosecutor’s General Office Releases Statement on Legal Procedures Against Suspects in Events of Tragic January

NUR-SULTAN – Forty-four terrorism cases related to the recent attacks in some regions are under investigation, the General Prosecutor’s Office reported on Jan. 13.

Burnt-out cars in Almaty. Photo credit: Almatyapat Telegram channel.

As of Jan. 14, the high (orange) level of terrorism threat has been set in the Kazakh capital. The critical (red) level of the terrorism threat has been lifted in 14 regions, reported the National Security Committee on Jan. 13. 

The anti-terrorist operation continues in Almaty, the Almaty and Zhambyl regions. 

It is reported that the investigation teams are currently reviewing 494 criminal cases, including 44 terrorism cases, 34 cases of mass riots, 15 cases of homicide and other cases.

Some 524 persons suspected of committing crimes were placed in temporary detention facilities and 412 persons were placed in pretrial detention with court authorization.

The streets of Almaty. Photo credit: Nur.kz

A state of emergency will be lifted in Shymkent city, the East Kazakhstan, Turkistan and Karaganda regions from 6 p.m. on Jan. 14, according to Akorda. Earlier, a state of emergency was lifted in the West Kazakhstan, Pavlodar and North Kazakhstan regions. The regime is still in effect in other regions. 

For offenses committed during the state of emergency, 6,966 protocols for administrative proceedings have been prepared, 4,918 people have been subjected to various forms of administrative responsibility, including 1,978 people who have been arrested. Fines were imposed on 791 persons and 2,149 persons were issued warnings. Some 2,048 cases are now pending in the courts.

The General Prosecutor’s Office has been working on the investigation of all causes and details related the tragic events in Almaty and terrorist attacks in other regions as part of the instruction of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. 

Law enforcement agencies are taking measures to identify and punish the perpetrators of these terrorist acts, to fully restore public safety in the country. 

The incidents involving civilian casualties are of special importance.  

“All persons who are brought in or detained are guaranteed their constitutional right to defend and to have qualified legal assistance. The General Prosecutor’s Office appeals to people to observe the rule of law, not to fall for fake news and trust only official sources of information,” reads the release. 

As a result of terrorist attack, more than 1,600 law enforcement officers have been injured, 18 officers killed and two people were decapitated. The total number of casualties across the country is being established.

Some 600 vehicles have been burned. 

An armed group also seized airports in Almaty, Aktobe and Aktau, five planes with passengers, a hospital and five TV channel offices in Almaty.

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