NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — France has granted political asylum to Kazakhstan’s exiled opposition leader Mukhtar Ablyazov, according to his lawyer and a French newspaper, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reported.
The French daily Le Monde reported on October 5 that France’s National Court of Asylum Issues, the CDNA, had granted asylum to the fugitive former banker.
In its ruling, dated September 29, the court deplored direct pressure from Kazakhstan and “the obvious attempts by outside agents to exert influence on the asylum authorities,” according to the report.
Le Monde said the court had reviewed for several months Ablyazov’s appeal against an earlier decision by the French …read more
Source:: The Times of Central Asia