Bakrayev, Murat

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

The Kazakh authorities sought to prosecute him for exercising freedom of religion or belief by giving talks on Islam while living in exile in the Czech Republic, long after he had left Kazakhstan ( Forum 18, 2019).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Alleged religious extremist.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2018.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

Kazakhstan's claims that he had incited religious hatred and promoted terrorism ( Forum 18, 2019). Kazakhstan also issued a Red Notice via Interpol against him in 2017 (Forum, 18, 2019).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

He was detained by the German authorities on 20 September 2018 on Interpol Red Notice, he spent a total of five months in detention in Germany as he fought Kazakhstan's extradition request ( Forum 18, 2019).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …):

The Kazakh authorities have been trying to get back Atyrau-born Sunni Muslim Murat Bakrayev, who left the country with his family in 2005 after threats to arrest him in Atyrau and settled in the Czech Republic ( Forum, 18, 2019).

Two men from Atyrau arrested in an apparent attempt to pressure them to give testimony against Murat Bakrayev, were convicted on 6 December 2018 ( Forum, 18, 2019).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: , .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

The German court in Bavaria has rejected Kazakhstan's attempt to have Murat Bakrayev extradited back to Kazakhstan for trial ( Forum, 18, 2019).

Press sources:

Forum 18, 2019.'KAZAKHSTAN: Germany rejects extradition request', 1 March 2019. [Online]. Available :