Kyrgyz draft law would revoke citizenship of convicted terrorists

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Justice has published a draft law that, if enacted, would allow courts to revoke the citizenship of those convicted of terrorism, treason or separatism, AKIpress reported Thursday (April 18).

The ministry is now awaiting public comment.

An inter-agency group including officials from the Supreme Court, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry (MVD), State National Security Committee (GKNB), State Registration Service and State Migration Service prepared the draft law.

Under the law, crimes that could lead to the revocation of citizenship include carrying out or financing of terrorist activity, attendance of terrorist training sessions, participation in armed conflicts abroad, treason, attempts to overthrow the government, creation of an extremist organisation, and mercenary activities.

A court would rule on the prison terms and citizenship of Kyrgyz offenders. Someone lacking dual nationality could become stateless.

The regulations do not violate constitutional or international norms, say the draft law's authors.

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