They want to convict Alma Shalabayeva at all costs
© 10.08.2013

The investigation in the case of Alma Shalabayeva showed no evidence of her guilt; still, according to independent media, the trial which is due to begin next week, will end with a conviction – the news portal states. This information, received from an anonymous source, was posted by the theatre director Bolat Atabayev on his Facebook page.

Bolat Atabayev, source: br.deAccording to the unofficial information, received by Atabayev, investigating officers are helpless and haven’t found any evidence of guilt of Ablyazov’s wife, who has been deported to Kazakhstan. There is no physical material evidence, no testimonies of witnesses or circumstantial evidence. However, the court in Atyrau is preparing to convict her.

Mukhtar Ablyazov spoke about the process concerning Alma in Kazakhstan as follows:

“I received a message from Astana. As I have already informed you, a decision was made to present charges against my wife. It happened on 7 June. It was ordered that the trial be carried out swiftly and that Alma be convicted. An order was issued that it be done as soon as possible, in late July/early August, when the European Parliament is in recess. Everything will be done quietly. They want to convict Alma for speaking the truth. The issuance of the conviction was planned in accordance with a tested scheme, using legally valid judicial sentences. Specifically, the grounds for her conviction will be rulings from other cases concerning “the issuance of passports” to my family in Atyrau. Data from earlier lawsuits, which ended in convictions, will no longer be checked. The courts should take them for granted without taking into account the fact that Alma was not party to those proceedings, and there is no evidence of use or receipt of the passports”.

Independent media in Kazakhstan also reported on the threat of taking Ablyazov’s six-year-old daughter Alua away from her relatives and placing her in an orphanage.


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