Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, is fighting calls for his resignation over the deportation of the wife and daughter of a dissident Kazakh politician.
Having told parliament he knew nothing about the deportation, his former cabinet chief, Giuseppe Procaccini, who resigned over the affair, has told La Repubblica newspaper that Alfano was informed.
On May 29th, Alma Shalabayeva and her six year old daughter, Alua Ablyazova, were seized from a house in Rome. They were deported to Kazakhstan two days later on a private jet accompanied by Kazak diplomats.
Italian authorities claimed there were irregularities in Shalabayeva’s documents, although her lawyers have since proven that they were legitimate. The Italian government later rescinded its expulsion order, in recognition that the forced return had violated Italian law, and said the pair could return.
Shalabayeva’s husband, Mukhtar Ablyazov, an ex-energy minister and bank chairman in Kazakhstan, was granted political asylum in the UK in 2011.
He is accused of embezzling billions of euros from the bank, charges which Amnesty International says are politically motivated. He has been in hiding since last year when he fled Britain after missing a contempt of court hearing at which he was due to be jailed for 22 months.
Ablyazov accuses the Kazakhstan government of kidnapping his family.
Italian media has reported that Berlusconi, the head of Alfano’s party, is on good terms with the President of Kazakhstan. Italy’s state-owned oil giant Eni is one of several co-owners of Kazakhstan’s Kashagan field, the world’s biggest oilfield discovery in more than 40 years.
The Italian parliament is preparing to consider an internal inquiry by the interior minister this Thursday into allegations of collusion between both countries and other violations of Italian law. Alfano will face a no-confidence vote.
Amnesty International has called for the Italian government to investigate the affair and make all the facts public. It says it is concerned for the welfare of Shalabayeva in a country with a long record of torture and unfair trials.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1NATO: satellite images ‘show Russian troops in Ukraine’
- 2Islamic State video shows ‘scores of dead Syrian soldiers’
- 3Canada sends hilarious barb to Russia over Ukraine ‘incursions’
- 4Protesters demand more frontline equipment for Ukraine soldiers
- 5New Turkey President Erdogan says priorities include EU accession
- 1Footage released of 9-year-old on firing range moments before she accidently kills instructor
- 2Boston bombing suspects’ sister arrested
- 3Islamists seize border post between Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
- 4Poroshenko says Russian soldiers have been ‘brought into Ukraine’
- 5Canada sends hilarious barb to Russia over Ukraine ‘incursions’
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news
- 2Ellen MacArthur: making waves on a journey to a circular economy | euronews, the global conversation
- 3China executes eight Muslims convicted of terrorism | euronews, world news
- 4Putin T-Shirts flying off the shelves at Moscow megastore | euronews, world news
- 5Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus | euronews, world news
- 6Ukraine accuses Russian aid convoy of stealing factory equipment | euronews, world news
- 7Massive Swedish forest fire is declared a national emergency | euronews, world news
- 8Hoverbike on the horizon | euronews, hi-tech
- 9Man, 27, fails in suicide bid after tigers reject chance to eat him | euronews, world news
- 10Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel | euronews, world news
- 11Iceland warns Europe’s airlines of possible volcanic eruption | euronews, world news
- 12Beyond the subconscious | euronews, futuris
- 13Romania buys into bitcoin big time | euronews, corporate
- 14Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland continues to rumble | euronews, world news
- 15Poland wants compensation from the EU for Russian import ban | euronews, world news
- 16EU’s Russia sanctions doing more harm than good says Hungary’s PM Orban | euronews, world news
- 17Greek farmers suffer in economic war between Russia and EU | euronews, economy
- 18Turkey’s women have the last laugh | euronews, world news
- 19Hamas executes 18 suspected collaborators | euronews, world news
- 20Turkish ferry makes high-speed final landing | euronews, no comment
Wires > News
- 07:04 CET Macau to ‘re-elect’ leader as democratic rumblings, mirroring Hong…
- 06:59 CET Icelandic volcano alert raised to red after eruption, no volcanic…
- 06:50 CET Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions
- 06:00 CET Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes 80 miles south of Athens – USGS
- 05:41 CET Accident traps at least 25 miners in Nicaragua, government-backed…
- 05:36 CET With eye on China, Japan defence planners seek spending boost
- 04:34 CET Syrian accused of making detonators with U.S. parts faces Arizona…
- 03:19 CET U.S., China plan followup to Sunnylands summit in November