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Parliamentary questions
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30 September 2014
E-007406-14
Question for written answer E-007406-14
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Jan Olbrycht (PPE) , Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (PPE) , Jarosław Leszek Wałęsa (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Extradition proceedings against Kazakh opposition activist and political dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov
 Answer in writing 

Since August 2013, extradition proceedings have been going on against Mukhtar Ablyazov — a Kazakh opposition activist and dissident since 2001, and President Nursultan Nazarbayev's main political rival — in France. The extradition requests were submitted by the investigating authorities of Russia and Ukraine — both of which were sympathetic towards the Kazakh Government — and are clearly political in nature.

Given that irregularities have been uncovered in the way the prosecutor in Aix-en-Provence has been conducting the proceedings — namely the opaque contacts between the prosecutor and the Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh parties — and that there are doubts surrounding the legitimacy of the involvement of the Russian and Ukrainian investigating authorities in the case, the proceedings were transferred to a court in Lyon for examination.

In this connection:
1. Is the VP/HR aware of the latest worrying developments in the case ofMukhtar Ablyazov?
2. What steps do the VP/HR and the EEAS plan to take in order to preventMukhtar Ablyazov from being extradited to Kazakhstan, where he will likely faceoppression and torture?
3. In the context of this and several other similar cases, does the VP/HR feel that the signingof an enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) with Kazakhstan would bea legitimate step?
Original language of question: PL 
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