Tatiana Paraskevich will remain in custody
In early December, the Supreme Court in Prague ruled not to release Tatiana Paraksevich from custody.
In early December, the Supreme Court in Prague did not agree to release Tatiana Paraksevich, a former co-worker of the Kazakh dissident, Mukhtar Ablyazov, from arrest. Initially, the court in Pilsen agreed to release Paraskevich on bail. However, the Czech General Prosecutor filed an appeal against this decision.
Marina Machytková, Paraskevich’s counsel, has not yet received a written copy of the decision of the Supreme Court. When this happens, as Machytkova announced, she will file an appeal with the Constitutional Court in Brno, demanding that Paraskevich be released on bail. Currently, the Czech Ministry of Justice is contemplating granting Tatiana Paraskevich political asylum.
Tatiana Paraskevich was arrested in Karlovy Vary on 12 May, 2013, on the basis of the international arrest warrant, issued by Russia and Ukraine, which accused her of misappropriation and embezzlement of another’s property. As was emphasised by the counsels, the case is of a political nature and is connected with the desire of Kazakh secret services to have Tatiana Paraskevich rendered to Kazakhstan in order so that they may obtain incriminating testimony against Mukhtar Ablyazov. On 21 February, 2013, the Supreme Court in Prague upheld the decision regarding Tatiana Paraskevich’s extradition, despite the fact that previously, the national court in Pilsen has twice ruled to block her rendering. On 14 July, 2013, a request for her extradition was also filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation.
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