But Jardemalie had been abroad for a long time and played the same role as her former boss – she portrayed the victim of the persecution of the regime and even received political asylum.
Moreover, Jardemalie suddenly became a "human rights activist" and helped Ablyazov to handle his cases during the trial in the UK, and after his arrest in France, she dealt with his release from prison. To do this, Jardemalie even registered a law firm.
It was thanks to the "human rights" activities of Botagoz Jardemalie that Viktor and Leyla Khrapunovs were able to legalize themselves in Switzerland. Jardemalie thoroughly settled in Belgium, established a "modest" life in a luxurious apartment, and, it seems, she herself believed in her opposition. Very soon she had to "defend the rights" of her own brother, Iskander Yerimbetov.
Iskander Yerimbetov, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Karaganda Candy and founder of LLP Sky Service, was taken into custody on November 15, 2017. As reported by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the KNB, Yerimbetov was suspected of committing crimes under Art. 189 "Theft" and 193 "Legalization" of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The investigation believed that the entrepreneur laundered money stolen from BTA Bank, and also stole about 1 billion tenge of budget funds through LLP Sky Service, which is engaged in helicopter transportation.
According to the investigation, Yerimbetov's sister Botagoz Jardemalie was personally involved in the illegal issuance by BTA Bank of knowingly bad loans in the amount of about $500 million.
Of course, certain Kazakhstani and foreign media, as well as human rights activists of all stripes, began to shake the topic that "the detention of a businessman in Kazakhstan raises concerns about torture and political motives." And yet, Yerimbetov was accused of fraud in a group of people in seven episodes for a total amount of more than 208 million tenge. Yerimbetov and his accomplices were sentenced on October 22, 2018.
The entrepreneur received a 7 year sentence in prison. Together with him were convicted: the former President of Sky Service, Mikhail Zorov, was sentenced to three years of probation, the former Head of the Board of Directors of Sky Service, Dmitry Pestov, and the former member of the board of directors of this company, Vasilina Sokolenko, were sentenced to 4 years and 2 months in prison each.
What is Jardemalie doing at this time? First, she hires a foreign lawyer, Jared Genser, to resonate with the international community. At the same time, in order to turn Kazakhstani society against the operational-investigative group investigating the case, Jardemalie herself and other relatives talk about the systematic beatings of Yerimbetov in the pre-trial detention center, extortion of money from him by prisoners and a fabricated criminal case. Of course, without supporting these statements with any evidence.
Two years later, Yerimbetov was released on parole for health reasons. And very quickly, he left Kazakhstan with his family, reuniting with his sister.
In October 2019, Jardemalie's house was searched in the presence of representatives of the law from Kazakhstan. Back in 2017, it was reported that the Belgian judiciary was investigating Jardemalie for laundering about $100 million in that country.
In October 2020, Brussels-based Brussels Post News reported: