Zh. Zharim­be­tov ad­mits his guilt

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The an­nual sum­mit of Women’s Eco­nomic Fo­rum 2017 in Delhi In­dia at­tracted over 2,000 del­e­gates from 150 coun­tries. The del­e­gates spoke on an ex­haus­tive range of topics. At first, the task of re­lat­ing to such a di­verse au­di­ence seemed im­pos­si­ble. How­ever, by the end of the sum­mit, a few com­mon ques­tions and themes emerged in all the talks and dis­cus­sions.

In Kaza­khstan, there have been pro­ceed­ings against the ex-mem­ber of top man­age­ment at BTA Bank Zhaksy­lyk Zharim­be­tov. He is sus­pected of em­bez­zle­ment from the bank as part of the crime group headed by Mukhtar Ablya­zov. The to­tal dam­age to the bank ex­ceeds 12 bil­lion US dol­lars.

Over the years, he had been a com­pan­ion-in-arms and deputy of Mukhtar Ablya­zov. When the in­ves­tiga­tive bodies of Kaza­khstan, Rus­sia and Ukraine, where BTA Bank had its branch of­fices, started their crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings re­gard­ing fraud, Zh. Zharim­be­tov fled Kaza­khstan. He did so im­me­di­ately af­ter M. Ablya­zov, the head of the bank, left the coun­try in an emer­gency.

Early this year, Zh. Zharim­be­tov was de­tained with a fake pass­port by Turk­ish cus­toms of­fi­cers. Zh. Zharim­be­tov did not deny his guilt. He ap­pealed to the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Kaza­khstan in Tur­key for help ad­mit­ting his guilt. As Zh. Zharim­be­tov was on In­ter­pol’s wanted list, he sur­ren­dered him­self to the au­thor­i­ties of his na­tive coun­try. Turk­ish of­fi­cials had no ob­jec­tions re­gard­ing his de­por­ta­tion to Kaza­khstan.

When de­liv­ered to As­tana, Zh. Zharim­be­tov an­nounced “he was tired of run­ning away.” He had been on the most wanted list for al­most 8 years, and had been re­sid­ing in the United King­dom as a refugee. Dur­ing those years, he was pros­e­cuted by British courts on suits with BTA Bank. On 13th of Au­gust, 2009, the High Court in Lon­don adopted a ver­dict to freeze all the as­sets owned by Mukhtar Ablya­zov, ex-chair­man of the Board Ro­man Solodtchenko, and Deputy Chair­man Zhaksy­lyk Zharim­be­tov.

Zhaksy­lyk Zharim­be­tov ad­mit­ted his guilt par­tially, claim­ing he had been car­ry­ing out as­sign­ments of M. Ablya­zov, which had led him to fall. ‘How­ever, I ab­so­lutely ad­mit my guilt,’ he said.

The or­ga­nized crime group lead by ex-head of BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablya­zov and ex-deputy Chair­man of the Board of BTA Bank Zhaksy­lyk Zharim­be­tov com­mit­ted thefts from BTA Bank on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. To­tal dam­ages to the Kaza­khstani Bank amounts to ap­prox­i­mately USD 7.5 bil­lion. To­tal dam­ages by M. Ablya­zov’s crime group in the coun­tries of Kaza­khstan, Rus­sia, Ukraine, and United King­dom ex­ceeds USD 12 bil­lion.

At the mo­ment, Mukhtar Ablya­zov is a res­i­dent of France. French au­thor­i­ties have re­fused his de­por­ta­tion to the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion.

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