Akorda’s sights set on Muratbek Ketebayev
Kazakh authorities are continuing in their attempts to prosecute Muratbek Ketebayev, the president of the 'Civic Engagement' Foundation, who was granted refugee status in Poland in late 2013. Previously, Astana charged the human rights defender with inciting social discord and undermining the constitutional system and are currently accusing Ketabayev of complicity in misappropriation of funds.
According to the Kazakh edition of Forbes magazine, Ketebayev is a suspect in a criminal case, conducted by Kazakhstan’s financial police, pertaining to the alleged embezzlement of BTA Bank funds. How could Ketebayev have taken part in the alleged crime? How exactly, could he have been involved? This is not yet known, as Poland has yet to receive a request for his extradition in connection with this case. Taking into consideration that previously, the Kazakh authorities failed to achieve Muratbek Ketebayev’s rendering on charges of anti-state activities, and Ketebayev obtained refugee status in Poland, it merely means that Akorda has changed its approach in this case; now trying to accuse him of financial crimes.
Ketebayev also suspects that he has been shadowed in Poland. On his Facebook page, he stated that he had noticed a suspicious car, which for a long time was literally driving bumper to bumper with his vehicle… "At first I thought these were people working for the government of Kazakhstan, later I thought they were the local police… Then I remembered how I had been warned that on the order of Akorda, a UK law firm, which hired a detective agency, may be operating in Poland.
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