KAZAKHSTAN. CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL PROPOSES TO KEEP DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISM
May 24, 2006: the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan proposed to keep the death penalty as a punishment for terrorism.
"We believe that the death penalty may be abolished for all kinds of crimes, apart from terrorism, because there are no measures against this crime so far," Council member Svetlana Bychkova said.
"Keeping death penalty for separate types of crimes contradicts the facultative protocol on the abolition of death penalty, which can influence the possibility of Kazakhstan's OSCE chairmanship in 2009. This problem concerns not only Kazakhstan, no country in the world has found an adequate substitution to the death penalty as a punishment for terrorist activities. The most visible example occurred in Russia during the court hearing against a participant of Beslan school occupation, when the Russian General Prosecution required death penalty for him," Bychkova added. (Sources: gazeta.kz, 24/05/2006)