In Almaty, Kazakhstan, a serious service conflict between the National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan and local directorate of the Agency on Struggle Against Corruption and Economic Crimes (Financial Police) has emerged, news agency KazTAG reports, referring to sources in the law enforcement bodies and city’s Prosecutor’s Office.
“Near one of the KNB buildings in Almaty the employees of Financial Police have been detained in a special vehicle from which they were taking photos of all employees of the security service entering and leaving the building and also the visitors”, an employee of the Prosecutor’s Office who wished to remain unknown told the news agency.
“After suspicious vehicles have been fixed by surveillance cameras, the special-task group of the KNB has neutralized surveillance and searched the vehicle. It was found out that the car belonged to the directorate of the Financial Police. The survey of the vehicle fixed presence of photos of the KNB employees and copies of documents from private files of many officers of the security service”, other source of the news agency told. The given information was partly confirmed by the eyewitness of detention, KazTAG adds. According to the information of some sources, the documents found in the vehicle of Financial Police, presumably were copies of classified documents from a KNB department.
The employee of Prosecutor’s Office assumed that one of the formal bases for development of the conflict eventually was an absence of the sanction of the Prosecutor’s Office by the Financial Police for operative actions concerning the KNB officers and there was only an oral order of the central leadership.
The relations between the two state security agencies are rather tense and, according to unofficial reports, both sides have been undertaking both administrative and operative measures against each other.The KNB press secretary Kenzhebulat Beknazarov emphasized in a phone conversation with the KazTAG that he did not know anything about it. The Financial Police also declined to comment on this matter.