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Kazakh Prosecutor Suspends Media Outlets


May 24, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan's prosecutor-general says operations at KTK Television and the newspaper "Karavan" have been suspended for three months for failure to meet requirements on use of the state language, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.


Both media outlets are connected to Rakhat Aliev, the son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.


Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry announced on May 23 that charges had been filed against Aliev in connection with the kidnapping and assault of two senior members of Nurbank.


Aliev is Kazakhstan's ambassador to Austria.

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Work on a Kazakh pipeline (TASS file photo)

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