Bota Jardemalie, associate of fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, subject to police investigation in Brussels

The home of Bota Jardemalie, a Kazakh lawyer associated with the fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, was raided in the likely presence of two Kazakh agents, Le Soir has reported.

In 2013 Kazakhstani authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Jardemalie, accusing her of “misappropriation or embezzlement of entrusted property” in relation to the positions she held at a Kazakh bank.

A visit to her home in the prestigious district of Uccle, Brussels, took place on October 1st in the presence of two Kazakh law enforcement officials, reportedly looking for documents in Jardemalie’s office.

In 2017 it was reported that the Belgian judiciary was conducting an investigation against Jardemalie on allegations of laundering some $100 million in that country.

Jardemalie has been described as Mukhtar Ablyazov’s "right hand" during the time he was accused, and subsequently convicted, of massive fraud and embezzlement at Kazakhstan's BTA Bank. It is believed that up to $7.6 billion was embezzled.

In 2005, the year he became head of BTA, Ablyazov recruited Jardemalie  to become a member of the bank's management board.

Jardemalie, Ablyazov, and others accused and convicted in massive money laundering offences are heavily associated with a controversial so-called human rights NGO, Open Dialog Foundation, itself accused of money laundering by the Sunday Times.

Jardemalie's brother, Iskander Erimbetov, is currently serving a seven year jail sentence in Kazakhstan for money laundering offences.

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Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune is a Paris-based freelance journalist, and an occasional contributor to EU Today. He has a background in intelligence gathering, and he specialises in business and political matters, with a particular interest in Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

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