Addleshaws client Ablyazov debarred from defending $6bn claim

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  • Got to love English Justice - a freezing order based on a prima facie case leads to the Defendant not telling the court all the assets he has, which lands him in prison because it is a contempt, time which he now needs to serve, before he can try a case that he is now prevented from defending himself in. Dont forget readers: the bloke may even be innocent and the claim may have been rejected! I don't think he needs our sympathy, but on a serious note: this is not what the freezing injunction regime was set up for !!

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  • It is hard to have much sympathy for Ablyazov.
    It would take quite some contempt for the English judiciary to send a man down for two years. The court clearly did not believe that this was inadvertant non disclosure.
    "It is difficult to imagine a party to commercial litigation who has acted with more cynicism, opportunism and deviousness towards court orders than Mr Ablyazov.”
    His preference to hide his whereabouts, presumably outside the jurisdiction, looks very prudent in the circumstances.

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  • Suspect the OP is from Addleshaws. Yeah right. Why did he wait till the very last moment to ask Teare J to recuse himself - and on pretty fanciful grounds. This guy deserves no sympathy.

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  • It is hard to have much sympathy for the courts on a day when of the 7 so called "Lords" hearing the Prudential appeal on privilege, only 1 or 2 appeared to be wearing a poppy. Some counsel were equally in a shabby state of dress. Lets hope they turn up with more respect tomorrow.
    Seven grey men who would not be determining an important common law matter but for those brave men and women who died in 2 WWs. Very sad from the public gallery.

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  • God preserve us from poppy fascism.

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  • Totally agree with Anonymous 9.52am.
    My father fought in WW2. I have served in the armed forces.
    I wouldn't wear a poppy if you paid me. It is now yet another mark of pc and respect for the armed forces has nothing to do with it.
    I was up at the Bombers memorial on Beachy Head the other day and thought about how those young men must have felt flying off on a mission with a 10% chance of not returning. How many of today's poppy wearers have even the slightest notion of the kind of fears these lads faced day after day.
    So leave the Judges and lawyers alone. You don't need to wear a poppy to understand the meaning of respect.

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  • Good on him its about about time someone screwed the banks. The banks in UK are getting screwed nicely with men in pinstripe suits. Are they also getting the same scrutiny and asset seizure? Seriously I am sure that politics and other forces are at play in these types of cases. Would a charman of a bank like that risk getting shot and endangering his family when he already enjoys a fat pay cheque? Did someone want him out and put his name up for grabs? The difference is in UK you can get away with it and get a golden handshake! I love UK.

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