The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

Kazakh exile Rakhat Aliyev’s wife accuses Malta of human rights breach

Monday, 5 October 2020, 10:56 Last update: about 16 days ago

The wife of a former Kazakh oligarch, found dead in an Austrian jail, is suing the Maltese government in the European Court of Human Rights, a news website in Kazakhstan reports.

Elnara Shorazova, an Austrian national who became the second wife of Rakhat Aliyev – a one-time exile living in Malta – is complaining that the Maltese government’s compliance with a freezing order requested by the Kazakhstan authorities, breached her human rights because the request stemmed from a regime that could not offer any guarantees of a fair trial, kaztag.kz reports.

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In her complaint, signed by lawyer Joe Giglio, Shorazova complains that the freezing order on her Malta assets – in place since 2014 – was based on politically motivated trumped-up charges.

She said the measure had no genuine public interest, especially in Malta, and that Malta was positively obliged not to be complicit in the breaches of human rights perpetrated in Kazakhstan.

Read the full report here

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