Kazakh Parliament approves draft law to respond to safety threats

The deputies of the Kazakh Parliament approved the draft law “To Ratify the Convention on Combating Illegal Acts with regard to International Civil Aviation”, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

Presenting the bill, the Minister for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhennis Kassymbek noted that the document is aimed at implementing the decision of the 38th Session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“The purpose of this project is to establish criminal liability in relation to persons who have committed illegal acts in the civil aviation sector,” Mr. Kassymbek explained.

According to him, those are: the commission of an act of violence against a person on board an aircraft and at the airport; placing devices and substances on board of aircraft that can destroy and disable it; when operating an aircraft, transportation and disposal of explosives, radioactive, poisonous, biological, chemical materials; destruction of aircraft in flight; destruction and damage to equipment at the airport; communication of deliberately false information that creates a threat to the safety for the plane; damage to air navigation facilities; the use of an aircraft as a weapon, and so on.

“The Criminal Code of Kazakhstan already provides for criminal liability for these acts. Adoption of these provisions of the Convention will allow meeting the requirements of the U.N. Security Council with regard to countering terrorism, as well as properly responding to threats to the safety of civil aviation,” Mr. Kassymbek added.

Source – http://lenta.inform.kz/

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