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Shalabayeva lands at Rome airport with young daughter

Wife of Kazakh dissent expelled from Italy earlier this year

27 December, 12:32
Shalabayeva lands at Rome airport with young daughter (see related stories) (ANSA) - Rome, December 27 - Alma Shalabayeva, the wife of Kazakh oligarch and political dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov, landed with her young daughter Alua in Rome on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt a little after 12:10 local time on Friday.

Shalabayeva and the child were deported on a private jet to Kazakhstan after they were seized in May in a raid on a villa in Rome by Italian police following pressure from Kazak officials, causing a major international scandal.

Italy repealed her expulsion order after it emerged Shalabayeva had the legal right to reside here.

Shalabayeva was able to leave Kazakhstan after the authorities in Astana this week lifted restrictions on her movements, following lobbying from Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino.