Ablyazov on the deportation of Alma and Alua
Mukhtar Ablyazov on the deportation of his wife and daughter from Italy to Kazakhstan, 18 July, 2013
“On Wednesday, 29 May, at 4:30 am, my wife Alma and six year-old daughter, Alua were attacked by Italian police in a house in a suburb of Rome. Some thirty armed policemen broke into the house where they slept and beat a male relative. Police did not cite any charges and produced no warrants. Alma was forcedly taken to an unknown destination and neither her relatives, nor her lawyers could determine her whereabouts for the following 24 hours. The attorneys were not offered any explanation regarding her detention. On Friday, the police came to the house where my daughter was staying in the care of her relatives and took her by force and without any explanation.
Later that evening, our lawyers learned that Alma and my daughter were going to be extradited to Kazakhstan. Both my wife and my daughter were residing in Italy legally; however, the lawyers were told that an Italian judge had made a decision on their extradition. The lawyers quickly contacted the Prosecutor General, who gave an immediate verbal order to stop the extradition due to the actions of the police and the judge, which were completely illegal.
Despite the order of the Prosecutor General, my wife and my daughter were forced into a waiting private charter plane and sent to Kazakhstan. At this very moment, 22:00 GMT on 31 May, 2013, the plane is flying to Astana.
I declare that the kidnapping of my family was ordered by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He has now switched from political repression to the outright terrorist tactics of taking hostages.
The kidnapping of my family is a demonstration of the vile and despicable nature of Nazarbayev's regime, which has failed to destroy me as political opponent and has instead kidnapped my wife and six-year-old daughter.
Today, I am appealing to the governments and parliaments of the European Union, Russia and all democratic countries with a call to express the strongest possible protest against the actions of Kazakh special services and to immediately intervene in this situation using international diplomacy.
The state terrorism carried out by Nazarbaev’s security forces has gone beyond Kazakhstan’s borders and must be stopped.
I ask all citizens of Kazakhstan, regardless of your political views, and regardless of what you might think of me personally, to protest against the actions of the Nazarbaev’s security services who are now fighting their political opponents by kidnapping women and children!
I want to thank all of you who are willing to support me".
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