Kazakhstani lawmakers approve draft bill depriving 'terrorists' of citizenship

Staff Report

ASTANA -- The Kazakhstani lower chamber of parliament Wednesday (May 24) approved the first reading of a bill that would deprive convicted terrorists of Kazakhstani citizenship, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.

The bill requires two more readings and Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev's signature to become law.

Crimes that could be punishable by the proposed law include "organising or joining terrorist groups, posing a threat to the Central Asian country's 'vitally important interests', or plotting to kill the president", RFE/RL reported.

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