Kazakhstan has successfully argued in a US appeals court that it can file suit against a former top official — an avowed foe of the government — in California for compensation over alleged acts of corruption that occurred more than a decade ago.
The Justice Ministry said in a statement on March 31 that Almaty city hall will now be able to proceed in seeking recourse for what it says was Viktor Khrapunov’s systematic looting of state assets. The ministry argues that by using those funds to invest in properties in the United States, Khrapunov has left himself open to anti-corruption legislation there.
“This ruling is the result of consistent work against corruption. Now, the lawsuit filed by Almaty against Khrapunov will be considered on its merits in the state of California,” the ministry said.
The verdict from the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit on March 30 overturns an earlier ruling by US District Court for the Central District of California.
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