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In Almaty Case Jury Finds Felix Sater Liable and Orders $20 Million Punitive Damages

By Matthew Russell Lee

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 26 –The City of Almaty in Kazakhstan has been active in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, with at least two case before SDNY Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.

Inner City Press has covered the litigation with Felix Sater, with another proceeding coming up on August 23, 2022.

 On August 16 in a related case, cross defendant Mukhtar Ablyazov was being described as a scoff law with some sort of asylum in France. He was, in fact, on the line; he described himself at the number one political opposition leader in Kazakhstan. His adversary chided him for using the proceeding to make political speeches.

On May 9 the (re-) assigned District Judge John G. Koeltl adopted the report by Magistrate Judge Parker denying Sater's request to amend and add claims against Kazakhstan and Arcanum. Full order on Patreon here.

On June 10, Sater's lawyer wrote in that "Defendant Felix Sater respectfully moves in limine to preclude Plaintiffs from introducing evidence of Sater’s criminal conviction, entered 15 years ago, and relating to criminal conduct from the 1990s." Full letter on Patreon here.

Later on June 10, amid jury selection, plaintiffs insisted they want the racketeering in - while noting an earlier Sater conviction for assault. They oppose Sater being able to present information about helping the US government, Buzzfeed say he tracked Osama Bin Laden.

On June 11, after the jury was selected and the plaintiffs' opening, with Inner City Press present, defense counsel told the eight jurors - six plus two alternates - that if they find that the claims were released, or that they are time barred, Sater wins. He mocked Mr. Schwartz for showing a photo of Sater "with side glance" - at defense table Sater scoffed or laughed, or perhaps winced.

Defense counsel emphasized that Sater tried to help the plaintiffs get their money back.

On June 12, jurors were shown video of Mr. Schwartz questioning Khrapunov about Petelin paying so that his name would not appear in litigation.

On June 13, an expert was on the stand to authenticate Khrapunov's signature on a letter. Meanwhile, Judge Koeltl denied the motion for judgment on the pleadings by MeM Energy Partners.

On June 14, MeM's lawyer cross examine BTA Bank's consultant-not-lawyer, thread

On June 20, the defense case began with Sater former lawyer Robert Wolf on the stand, under subpoena.

Wolf says he socialized with Sater, family vacations together.

Sater's lawyer: I show you the Confidential Assistance Agreement [of 2015]. Who drafted it? Wolf: One of my corporate partners at Moses & Singer.

Sater's lawyer: You were aware Mr Sater did business with the Khraponovs, about US real estate?

Wolf: Yes

Meanwhile Sater submitted to the court a 2013 La Stampa Moninari interview, that "the deportations happened because the dictator of Kazakhstan wanted two hostages against his major political opponent."

On June 21, Mochkin then Sater again testified, Inner City Press was there, thread.

On June 24, Sater's lawyer Wolf was back on the stand, from the thread

On June 25, Felix Sater was back on the stand, from the thread.

On June 26, Inner City Press was there for the verdict, thread:

Clerk: Have plaintiffs proven conversion against Sater? Foreman: Yes. Clerk: Damages? Foreman: 504,213.33. Clerk: Punitives? Foreman: $20 million.

Clerk: Bayrock liable? Foreman: Yes. $2 million. Clerk: Global Habitat Solutions liable? Foreman: yes. $600,000. Inner City Press @innercitypress · 4m Clerk: MeM liable? Foreman: Yes. $300,000

more on X for Subscribers here, Substack here

The witnesses, and some tweets from the streets, are on.

The case is City of Almaty, Kazakhstan et al v. Sater et al., 19-cv-2645 (Koeltl / Parker).



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