Jardemalie, Botagoz

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Botagoz Jardemalie is a former lawyer for Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank. In November 2005, she was hired as managing director at BTA Bank in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and in October 2008 she became a member of BTA’s Management Board.

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Lawyer.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2009.
Violence experienced: .

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

Between 2014 and 2015 she was subject to surveillance while residing in Brussels (Le soir, 2019).

Authorities in Kazakhstan asked twice her extradition from Belgium and judicial cooperation with ministry of justice in Brussels (Le soir, 2019). In 2019, the Ministry of Justice in Belgium, agreed to conduct a raid in the apartment of Botagoz in Brussels (Open Dialogue, 2019).

In 2009, Jardemalie resigned from all her positions in BTA, and fled the country (Новая Газета, 2017).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

Jardemalie is charged with participation in the fraud of Mukhtar Ablyazov (Polimedia, 2020).

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

In November 2017 the brother of Ms Jardemalie, Iskander Yerimbetov, was arrested in Kazakhstan, where he is being held in pre-trial detention (CCBE, 2018).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

In 2013, she received political asylum in Brussels ( Le Soir, 2019).

Current status:

She received political exile in Brussels in 2013 ( Le soir, 2019).

Press sources:

Новая Газета, 2017.Очередная халатность Бельгии?. 22. 11. 2017. [Online]. Available at: https://www.novgaz.com/index.php/2-news/1960-%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F-%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%B1%D0%B5%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B3%D0%B8%D0%B8

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, 2018. Concerns over lawyer Botagoz Jardemalie. [Online]. Available at: https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Kazakhstan_-_Kazakhstan/2018/EN_HRL_20180423_Kazakhstan_Concerns-over-lawyer-Botagoz-Jardemalie.pdf

Le soir, 2019. Trois barbouzes condamnés pour l’espionnage de la réfugiée kazakhe Bota Jardemalie. 29.11.2019. [Online]. Available at: https://www.lesoir.be/263653/article/2019-11-29/trois-barbouzes-condamnes-pour-lespionnage-de-la-refugiee-kazakhe-bota

Open Dialogue, 2019.’ Belgian Parliament interrogates Minister of Justice over the case of Bota Jardemalie’. 13.11.2019.  [Online]. Available at: https://en.odfoundation.eu/a/26871,belgian-parliament-interrogates-minister-of-justice-over-the-case-of-bota-jardemalie/

Polimedia,2020. "Botagoz Jardemalie, the worst eurocrats’ nightmare and Mukhtar Ablyazov best ally". 10 June, 2020. [Online.] Available at: http://polimedia.press/politics/botagoz-jardemalie-the-worst-eurocrats-nightmare-and-mukhtar-ablyazov-best-ally/