British MP Ben Bradshaw raises issue of extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov, "the world's richest fraudster", is currently believed to be enjoying the high life in France, where his only jail sentence to date in that country has already been served, and which has blocked an extradition warrant from Russia in his name.

However, EUToday is aware of movements in the UK, where a two year jail sentence still awaits the Kazakh fugitive oligarch.

Most notably, in June of this year former UK cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw MP raised a question with Home Secretary Priti Patel concerning the government's plans for Ablyazov.

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The response, by Minister of State for Security at the Home Office James Brokenshire MP, was not the one that most who are familiar with the case might have expected. Instead of an explanation as to why extradition was not possible in this case - as has been put forward previously - Brokenshire would "neither confirm nor deny that an extradition request has been made or received until an arrest has been made in relation to that request".

Other questions, concerning the victims of Ablyazov's frauds, have been raised in recent months in both the UK and the European Parliaments.

Informed speculation at this point is that the October 1st 2019 raid on Ablyazov's associate and "right-hand" Bota Jardemalie in Brussels - carried out by Belgian and Kazakh security officers - may have yielded valuable evidence. Certainly publication on the matter earlier this week by Le Soir suggests this.

Ablyazov is also wanted in his home country, and in Ukraine. Last year he was named in U.S. court papers as having his money laundered by his son-in-law, Ilyas Khrapunov, through Donald Trump property enterprises.

The story may well be about to take a very interesting turn.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today.

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

Gary's latest book WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU is currently available from Amazon

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