OSCE PA human rights chair visits Aleksandr Pavlov, raises concerns about extradition
COPENHAGEN, 30 December 2013 – Isabel Santos (Portugal), Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, met with Aleksandr Pavlov today in Madrid and raised concerns over his possible extradition to Kazakhstan.
"I met with Mr. Pavlov today and he is in good health. He denied all accusations leveled against him. I am deeply concerned about the possibility that Mr. Pavlov's fundamental rights may be violated in order to obtain a 'confession' should he be extradited to Kazakhstan. All countries, including Spain, must ensure that extradition does not put an individual at risk of ill-treatment, and that they do not become party to the abuse of Interpol by any country for possible political motives," Santos said.
Santos had requested to visit Pavlov in custody in Madrid in October, but was denied.
Aleksandr Pavlov formerly served as chief of security to Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh businessman and prominent opposition figure.
He was detained by Spanish authorities in 2012 on an Interpol warrant requested by Kazakhstan, which accuses Pavlov of financial and terrorism-related crimes. Spain has also denied Pavlov's request for asylum.
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