Ablyazov has not lost asylum in the UK
Kazakh and Russian media are spreading false information regarding the alleged revocation of Mukhtar Ablyazov’s asylum status in Great Britain. Ablyazov’s counsels make attempts to deny the false rumour. The Kazakh dissident has not been revoked the political asylum, granted to him by the Home Office (British Ministry of the Interior) in 2011.
Russia’s Kommersant newspaper, as well as some Kazakh portals such as gazeta.kz, compete in the publication of false and unproven ‘information’ about Ablyazov. The news have been published, among others, that in April 2014, the dissident has lost the asylum after the UK Ministry of the Interior considered that he had violated several conditions set by the UK authorities. According to press reports, counsels of the former president of BTA Bank have already appealed against the decision of the British Home Office. This information, however, cannot be further from the truth.
- Mukhtar Ablyazov has not lost political asylum in Great Britain. In January 2014, the Home Office has only informed the dissident about their plans to revoke his asylum status - a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Anne Souleliac, explains.
Up to 15 May, 2014, the Home Office has appointed a time limit within which Ablyazov was obliged to give explanations as to why he should not be deprived of asylum.
- Upon receipt of this information, the Home Office was supposed to make a final decision on whether to revoke Ablyazov’s asylum. So far, however, the decision has not been rendered. Still, it needs to be underlined that, should Ablyazov lose his asylum status, the case will be brought before the court - Souleliac added.
Mukhtar Ablyazov currently resides in France, where his extradition trial is pending. He is kept in custody in Corbas, near Lyon. Russia and Ukraine, which filed requests for his extradition, accuse him of alleged financial crimes. By the court’s decision of 3 June, Russia and Ukraine’s participation in the case shall be limited to final statements during the trial. The next meeting will be held in the Appellate Court of Lyon on 25 September, 2014.
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