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Ablyazov arrested for 40 days in France

06 august 2013, 17:05
Mukhtar Ablyazov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Mukhtar Ablyazov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Official representative of Kazakhstan General Prosecutor's Office Nurdaulet Suindikov
Official representative of Kazakhstan General Prosecutor's Office Nurdaulet Suindikov
Former head of BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov was sentenced to 40 days in jail by the French court, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the official representative of Kazakhstan General Prosecutor’s Office Nurdaulet Suindikov.

“French Interpol bureau released a report on Ablyazov’s arrest at the territory of France on July 31. Interpol’s national bureau in Kazakhstan immediately sent an official confirmation of Ablyazov being on the wanted list. The same day he was arrested pending a decision on his status by the municipal court. On August 1 the Aix-en-Provence court sentenced Ablyazov to 40 days in jail in line with the French criminal procedure legislation,” Suindikov said.

According to him, the court ruled that Ablyazov should be kept in a detention center in Luynes until completion of all the procedures related to possible extradition. On August 2 Kazakhstan General Prosecutor’s Office sent a request to France asking for the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov.

“We also know that Ukrainian and Russian law-enforcement authorities sent the extradition requests to France. These processes are independent from each other. Nobody has a right to interfere or influence the decisions of the competent authorities of other countries related to search or requesting extradition of wanted persons. The issues of extradition of persons suspected of crimes are regulated by the domestic legislation of the countries where they hide, as well as by international agreements,” Suindikov said.

France, Russia and Ukraine are members of the European Extradition Convention signed on December 13, 1957 in Paris, he added. Kazakhstan is not a participant of this Convention. In line with the international obligations, French authorities are currently considering Ablyazov’s extradition to Ukraine. His extradition to Russia based on this Convention is also possible.

“The final decision on extradition of Ablyazov to one or another country will depend on the said circumstances. As for the prospects of Ablyazov’s extradition to Kazakhstan, I have to say that there has lately been positive developments related to extradition of crime suspects from European countries on condition of reciprocity, i.e. even in case of lack of the bilateral agreements,” the official said.

By Baubek Konyrov

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