On February 17, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev met with Chairman of the National Security Committee Yermek Sagimbayev, who was appointed to this important post on January 6. He reported on the work done, plans for future and ongoing organisational reforms at the Committee, the press office of the President of Kazakhstan reported.
Sagimbayev noted that the employees of the Committee were investigating 27 criminal cases on the forcible seizure of power, acts of terrorism, riots and other crimes. 24 persons were taken into custody, of which 14 detainees under investigation are members of the destructive religious groups.
The Chairman of the National Security Committee reported that a large laboratory in Almaty that manufactured raw materials for the CIS countries had been found and destroyed in the framework of counter-illicit drug trafficking activities. In total, 188 kilogrammes of an illicit psychostimulant worth 3.7 billion tenge were seized. Sagimbayev also reported that the border agencies had detained 2,133 offenders during 2 months.
Commenting on the report, the leader of Kazakhstan set a number of specific tasks to the Committee to optimise its activities.