Kazakhstan purges internal forces.

By bne IntelliNews November 20, 2012
Over 500 people employed in law-enforcement agencies were fired from work for corruption, minister of internal affairs Kalmukhanbet Kasymov has said in the Kazakh parliament. He also informed that 18 members of terrorists groups were prosecuted and activities of 7 terrorist groups were stopped. Apart from that, nearly 50 leaders and 230 members of criminal gangs had been prosecuted on charges of carrying out bandit activities as well as of creating and running an organized criminal group. At the same time, the minister noted that almost 2,000 police officers voluntarily had refused to take part in a competence assessment program and had quitted work. Moreover, 10,700 of 73,000 police officer who took competence assessment test were found unfit for the posts they held. Of them 3,900 officers are recommended to be dismissed and 2,700 will be demoted from their official posts. Significantly, Kazakhstan tries to improve performance of internal forces as well as increase morale in the law enforcement agencies after several policemen were found guilty of power evasion in Zhana-Ozen events in December last year. The other reason is a terrorist threat which appeared in Kazakhstan last year as well as likely deterioration in security sphere after pullout of the NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

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