The Wall Street Journal: French Appeals Court Overturns Mukhtar Ablyazov Extradition
© 09.04.2014

The Wall Stree Journal - "France's top appeals court Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling that had cleared the way for the extradition of fugitive Kazakh financier Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia or Ukraine, according to a statement from Mr. Ablyazov's lawyer.

The extradition proceeding will now be reheard by a court in Lyon, said the lawyer, Peter Sahlas.

A spokesman for the Cour de Cassation in Paris wasn't immediately able to comment.

Mr. Ablyazov, once one of Kazakhstan's most powerful bankers, had been on the run for a year and a half before being arrested at a villa near Cannes, France, last July. He is wanted by Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan on fraud-related charges, and a French court in Aix-en-Provence had in January approved his extradition to Russia or Ukraine. He currently resides in a prison on the outskirts of Aix."

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