Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

Bonino says Italy won't risk Kazakh relations

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(see related)Rome, July 24 - Protecting a Kazakh
dissident's family is a priority but Italy won't take measures
that will damage its relations with the oil-rich state, Foreign
Minister Emma Bonino said Wednesday.
"Our interventions are...continuous, relentless and will
continue as long as necessary," Bonino told the House and Senate
foreign affairs committees on the Ablyazov affair.
However, government actions "and reactions that would
weaken our diplomatic structure with Astana," the capital of the
Republic of Kazakhstan, must be avoided, added Bonino.
Bonino appeared to back away from earlier suggestions that
Italy was considering expelling the Kazakh ambassador over the
affair.
Treatment of Kazakh oligarch and dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov
and his family have become a national scandal after Italian
police, in a nighttime raid in May, seized Ablyazov's wife Alma
Shalabayeva, and their six-year-old daughter.
The pair were hustled onto a private jet with Kazakh
diplomats and flown back to a country whose human-rights record
has been questioned by several organisations.
Italy has since repealed her expulsion order, but the
Kazakh government has said Shalabayeva is under investigation
regarding possible bribes paid to immigration and justice
officials to create false passports for herself and her
daughter.
However, Kazakhstan relented Tuesday and said that
Shalabayeva and her daughter could be returned to Italy if
appropriate financial guarantees were put in place.

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