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Austria Taking Another Look At Case Of Kazakh President's Former Son-In-Law


Rakhat Aliev

Rakhat Aliev

PRAGUE -- Austrian authorities are interrogating Kazakhs in regard to the case of Rakhat Aliev, the former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who is wanted in Kazakhstan on criminal charges.

Vienna prosecutors spoke on January 28 to Armangul Kapasheva, the wife of a missing Kazakh banker whose disappearance is connected to Aliev.

Kapasheva told RFE/RL's Kazakh Service that other witnesses are in Austria talking to police about Aliev.

Aliev, who lives in self-imposed exile in Austria, was tried in absentia in Kazakhstan last year and found guilty of kidnapping Kapasheva's husband and another banker in Almaty in 2007.

Austrian officials refused to extradite Aliev last year.

Aliev says the charges against him are politically motivated, but Kapasheva told RFE/RL that the charges have nothing to do with politics.
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