Ex-Kazakh president’s grandson seeks 1.5 million pound costs after failure of UK wealth order
30 Jun 2020

The grandson of the former president of Kazakhstan and other respondents have submitted a demand for 1.5 million pounds in costs from Britain’s National Crime Agency after the High Court struck down anti-graft orders against them, a spokeswoman said.

The demand for costs underscores the difficulties Britain has faced in its use of so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), which were introduced in 2018 to freeze illicit wealth but which critics say have been used clumsily and without proper investigation.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) had sought Unexplained Wealth Orders against companies which owned properties connected to Nurali Aliyev, the grandson of former Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

But the High Court in April ruled in favour of Aliyev over the house connected to him and discharged the orders against the companies which owned the other properties. An NCA appeal against the ruling was dismissed.

By Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters, 29 June 2020

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