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Fugitive Kazakh Banker Arrested in France

By    |   Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 04:31 PM

A lawyer for fugitive Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive banker from Kazakhstan, says his client has been arrested in southern France.

The lawyer told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that Ablyazov was taken into custody by "heavily armed" French special forces in a house in the town of Mouans-Sartoux, located approximately five miles from Cannes.

The lawyer said there was an extradition request for the Ablyazov, but he added that it was not yet clear if the request was filed by Russia, Ukraine, or directly by Kazakhstan.

Ablyazov, a wealthy former banker and influential opposition figure, fled Kazakhstan in 2009 when the BTA bank he headed was nationalized and declared insolvent. Ablyazov obtained political asylum in Britain in 2011, but fled the country last year after being sentenced to 22 months in jail for contempt of court.

He faces embezzlement charges in Kazakhstan, which he says are politically motivated. Ablyazov and longtime Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev are bitter opponents.

A number of opposition and independent media outlets in Kazakhstan, including the "Respublika" publication, and the K-Plus television channel that focuses on Central Asia, have been linked to Ablyazov.

Several close associates and family members of Ablyazov have been arrested as a result of the Kazakh government’s requests to the European Union in recent months.

Ablyazov's wife and his 6-year-old daughter were extradited from Italy to Kazakhstan in May despite having valid residence permits in Italy.

A senior Italian civil servant resigned over the wrongful deportation.

Last week, a Madrid court ruled in favor of extraditing Aleksandr Pavlov, a former bodyguard and close associate of Ablyazov, to Kazakhstan. Pavlov is sought by the government there on bank-fraud and terrorism charges.





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