Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bonino summons Kazakh diplomat over deportation

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Rome, July 17 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma
Bonino on Wednesday summoned a Kazakh diplomat representing the
country's ambassador to Rome to express ''strong surprise and
dismay'' over the controversial deportation from Italy of the
six-year-old daughter and wife of Kazakh dissident Mukhtar
Ablyazov, the Italian foreign ministry said.
Bonino met with Kazakhstan's charge d'affaires Zhanybek
Manaliyev, representing Ambassador Adrian Yelemessov, who was
not in Rome, to ask for an explanation for the ''unusual action
taken by Ambassador Yelemessov with Italian authorities in the
case of Kazakh citizen Alma Shalabayeva'', the Italian foreign
ministry said.
''The minister (Bonino) in particular stigmatized the
circumstance under which, in such a delicate case also on an
international level, Kazakh diplomatic representatives did not
involve the Farnesina'', Italy's foreign ministry.
Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano's
chief of staff at the interior ministry, Giuseppe Procaccini,
resigned Tuesday over the deportation.
Procaccini was reportedly directly contacted by
Kazakhstan's ambassador to Rome in relation to the expulsion
before it took place.
Alfano, who is also the secretary of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, told
parliament on Tuesday that neither he nor any member of Italy's
left-right knew anything about the case until after the pair
were deported.
Bonino reportedly stressed on Wednesday that the
involvement of a minor made the case even more serious and
''reiterated the request of the Italian government that Mrs
Shalabayeva and little Alua be granted their rights by Kazakh
authorities''.
After the deportation case was brought to light, Italy
overturned the expulsion order.
The country now ''expects the two Kazakh citizens to be
given back full movement'' rights, the foreign ministry said.
''Italy's ambassador to Astana, which is already actively
following the case's developments, has been charged by the
minister with presenting the same requests to the government of
Kazakhstan''.
An Italian diplomat is travelling Almaty to meet with
Shalabayeva to inform her directly that Italy's expulsion order
has been revoked, the Farnesina said Wednesday.
Procaccini's resignation on Tuesday followed an internal
report on the affair submitted by the chief of police.
Premier Enrico Letta ordered the review after an outcry
surrounding the handling of Ablyazov's wife and six-year-old
daughter, who were seized in a nighttime raid and put on a
private jet with Kazakh diplomats at the end of May.
According to Shalabayeva, some 50 plain-clothes officers
mistreated and verbally abused her and her daughter during the
operation before turning the two over to the government of
Kazakhstan, which has been criticized for human rights abuses.
Ablyazov, who is wanted in Kazakhstan and Russia, is an
outspoken critic of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. Kazakhstan
claims Ablyazov, a banker, is not a dissident but an outlaw
wanted for a multi-billion-euro embezzlement case at his BTA
Bank.

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