MEPs from Poland, Estonia and the Czech Republic in a joint appeal to the French authorities concerning Ablyazov
The MEPs Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Michał Boni (Poland), Pavel Svoboda, Tomas Zdechovsky (Czech Republic) and Tunne Kelam (Estonia) addressed an appeal to France’s highest authorities in defence of Mukhtar Ablyazov. In their letters to the French Prime Minister and the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs, the politicians demanded that the extradition of the Kazakh dissident be stopped.
In their letter, the MEPs expressed their concern with the situation of Ablyazov, who has spent more than a year and a half in detention and who is now facing extradition from France to Russia or to Ukraine, with Kazakhstan, in fact, being the ones behind his persecution. They rely on the decision of the French Cassation Court of March this year, allowing the dissident’s extradition.
In their view, Russia is an ally of the autocratically governed Kazakhstan, and Ukraine is struggling to reform its administration of justice. Hence, extradition to either of these countries would be tantamount to putting Ablyazov in the hands of the Kazakh authorities. Being a chief critic of the regime and President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Ablyazov cannot feel safe in his home country.
In their appeal, the MEPs also referred to resolutions of the European Parliament concerning respect for human rights in Kazakhstan which has become dramatically worse since the protests in Zhanaozen in 2011. As they emphasise, Ablyazov has already been imprisoned in Kazakhstan, in breach of his fundamental rights. In conclusion, they request that the French authorities consider the political context of the case and take into account the threat to Ablyazov’s life in the event that he is extradited.
- 01.04.2015 – appeal from MEPs to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs
- 01.04.2015 - appeal from MEPs to the French Minister of Justice
- 01.04.2015 – appeal from MEPs to the French Prime Minister
- 01.04.2015 – appeal from Jacek Saryusz-Wolski to the French Prime Minister
01French Ministry of Foreign Affairs erroneously hides behind the court proceedings when asked about Ablyazov
03Stop the extradition of the oppositionist due to the threats of torture, an unfair trial and the illegal interference of Kazakhstan
07The list of Kazakh dissidents, their families and colleagues persecuted with the use of INTERPOL in the European Union in 2012-15
02Ingancio Sanchez Amor in defence of Ablyazov: Appeal to the French government
09Common goal: democracy. The first meeting of the ODF with Mukhtar Ablyazov
Ablyazov’s memories: how he dropped out of school and got into business
Mukhtar Ablyazov with family
Mukhtar Ablyazov: Prison Camp Experience
The Italian television channel ‘TG1’ about the kidnapping of Ablyazov’s family members
Akorda’s political hostages
- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs erroneously hides behind the court proceedings when asked about Ablyazov. (.jpg, 0.68 MB)
- Stop the extradition of the oppositionist due to the threats of torture, an unfair trial and the illegal interference of Kazakhstan (.pdf, 0.12 MB)
- The Open Dialog Foundation welcomes Lithuania’s decision to deny the extradition of Syrym Shalabayev to Kazakhstan or Ukraine (.pdf, 0.33 MB)
- Prominent Russian human rights activists сalled for preventing the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov (.pdf, 0.18 MB)
- In a shocking decision, French Government Decrees Extradition of Kazakh dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia (.pdf, 0.42 MB)