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December 25, 2010
Uzbek leader signs law to amend Criminal Code
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed a law “On introduction of amendments to article 177 of Criminal Code of Uzbekistan” on 22 December 2010. The Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan passed the law on 19 November and Senate approved it on 4 December. The document introduces amendments to article 177 of Criminal Code of Uzbekistan, envisaging release of people from responsibility if they voluntary inform about planned or committed crime, as well as active participation in its investigation. The law will help to improve crime detection related to illegal currency turnover and detect crimes based on application of citizens, who wished to cooperation with investigation and participated in illegal currency turnover. According to some data, prosecutors’ body opened over 1,200 criminal cases in 2007-2009 and the first half of 2010 in line with article 117 of Criminal Code. Large volume of currency was seized as evidences. Over 85% of crimes in this sphere were revealed thanks to voluntary cooperation of citizens as victims of illegal currency operations with law enforcement bodies, and carried out based on their applications. Article 177 of Criminal Code stipulates punishment as fine up to 75-size of minimum salary of three years of correctional works for illegal currency purchase or sale, conducted in large volume after imposture of administrative punishment for the same crime.

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