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Embezzlers may avoid prison in Kazakhstan

03 june 2014, 18:56
Iogan Merkel, First Deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan. ©Danial Okasov
Iogan Merkel, First Deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan. ©Danial Okasov

Citizens accused of embezzling state property will be able to avoid imprisonment in case they fully compensate for it, Tengrinews correspondent reports citing the First Deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Iogan Merkel.

"Let them return everything they offshored back to Kazakhstan, put everything back in place; then we will not punish them with imprisonment," Merkel said.

"If they commit the [economic] crimes, they will not be subject to imprisonment if there is a full compensation on their part," Merkel clarified after the meeting of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate that was convened in order to discuss the preparation of the new Criminal Code for the second reading.

Merkel said that these citizens would still get a criminal record.

The new norm, starting its effect in 2015, will not apply to those already serving their sentences for economic crimes in prisons.

Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Dinara Urazova

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