(ANSA) - Rome, December 16 - Rome prosecutors on Monday said
they were investigating an alleged role played by Italian energy
company Eni in the expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakh
oligarch and political dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov earlier this
The probe comes after Italian investigative TV program
Report broadcast an anonymous interview in recent weeks with an
alleged manager of Eni, which has extensive investments in
In the interview, the source said Eni was pressured to act
in the eventual arrest and deportation of Ablyazov's family
after Kazakh officials learned of their whereabouts in Rome this
On May 29, Alma Shalabayeva and her six-year-old daughter
were deported on a private jet to Kazakhstan after they were
seized in a raid on a villa in Rome by Italian police under
pressure from Kazakhstan, causing a major international scandal.
Ablyazov, a former energy minister, was back in the public
eye at the end of July when he was arrested in France at his
sister's house near Cannes, accused of embezzling billions of
dollars from the BTA Bank he once ran.
Ablyazov has denied charges against him, which he claims
are meant to remove him as a political rival to authoritarian
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
(photo: An Eni plant in Kashagan, Kazakhstan)