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Kazakh Opposition Urges President To Review Politician's Murder


Altynbek Sarsenbaev in February 2006, just before he was killed

Altynbek Sarsenbaev in February 2006, just before he was killed

ALMATY -- Leading Kazakh opposition politicians and intellectuals have urged Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev to review the murder case of opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbaev, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Sarsenbaev and two associates were found shot dead on February 13, 2006, outside of Almaty.

In an open letter, the opposition leaders and intellectuals questioned the trial that found a Kazakh official and some National Security Committee (KNB) officers guilty of the murders.

They ask Nazarbaev to make it possible to interrogate his former son-in-law, Rakhat Aliev, because they believe he may have organized the killing.

Aliev, who is living in self-imposed exile in Austria, told RFE/RL earlier this month that former KNB leaders and Nazarbaev himself know more about Sarsenbaev's murder than he does.
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