Update to Response to Information Request KKT27094.E of 17 June 1997 on whether article 50 of the penal code, which stipulates the death penalty for treason during peacetime, has been in force from 1 March 1997 or whether it has been abrogated [KKT28007.E]

A letter sent to the Research Directorate on 9 September 1997 by the consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Washington states:

Article 50 of the existing Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan that stipulates from 10 to 15 years in prison or death penalty for treason is still in force. But there is also the provision that the person who committed such crime as treason is exempted from criminal responsibility if such person by voluntary and timely informing the state bodies or some other way has prevented the damage of such crime to the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan and such person's actions do not contain any other crime.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Washington. 9 September 1997. Letter sent to the Research Directorate by the consul.