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London High Court rejects oral submissions from Ablyazov's lawyers

19 july 2013, 16:22
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Mukhtar Ablyazov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Mukhtar Ablyazov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
London’s High Court has barred lawyers of the former head of BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov from making oral submissions because of their client’s numerous obstructions of justice, RIA Novosti reports citing an informed source.

“The court issued the unusual ruling to prevent submission of any additional materials by Ablyazov in relation to this case, as he did everything he could to obstruct justice and prevent return of the embezzled money. The bank believes that the court should not take into account any of the statements of Ablyazov’s lawyer altogether because of the continuing violations of the legal processes,” the speaker said.

High Court Judge Andrew Popplewell said "justice requires that Mr Ablyazov should not be heard", Reuters writes. "His deliberate and persistent refusal to comply with court orders, or to recognize the authority of the court, has been a sustained contempt of a very grave nature. His contempt has seriously impeded the course of justice," he said.

The ruling was issued last week and was based on Ablyazov’s failure to perform the previous rulings of the court. Prior to that, the High Court approved the sale of the ex-banker’s property in Great Britain . The court approved the sale of Carlton House at Bishops Avenue in the northern part of London. The building has a 15m hall, libraries, 9 bedrooms, a pool and a Turkish sauna for 12 people. The managing company will also be able to sell over 40 hectares of Oaklands Park land located in Windsor, Great Britain, that has 8 buildings, a forest nursery, tennis courts, lakes, a forest and a helicopter deck. Ablyazov's apartment in St John’s Wood area in London known as Albert’s Court can be sold too.

Mukhtar Ablyazov is accused of embezzlement of over $6 billion from BTA Bank. The trial was initiated by the Bank in London back in 2009. The bank’s claims legitimacy was acknowledged by court in May 2011. The court sentenced Ablyazov to 22 months in jail for contempt of court for lying about his assets and violating the court's freezing order issued in 2009. Later the court deprived Ablyazov of the right to defend in court. The ex-banker is currently on the run.

His case received a new wave of publicity recently when his wife and daughter were deported by the Italian authorities for illegal stay in Italy with fake Central African passports and one and half months later the Italian authorities suddenly decided to reverse their deportation order.

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