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Kazakh Opposition Figure's Death Ruled Suicide

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/748335B7-DE13-4BCF-B2EC-14237276CFFE_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Zamanbek Nurkadilov (file photo) (RFE/RL)"> <img alt="Zamanbek Nurkadilov (file photo) (RFE/RL)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/748335B7-DE13-4BCF-B2EC-14237276CFFE_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Zamanbek Nurkadilov (file photo) (RFE/RL)</p></div>Almaty, 29 November 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The official investigation into the shooting death of Kazakh opposition figure and former Emergency Situations Agency head Zamanbek Nurkadilov has concluded that he committed suicide.

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The investigative team found that Nurkadilov first shot himself twice in the chest before putting the gun to his head and firing a bullet into his brain.


Interfax quoted an unnamed Kazakh law-enforcement official as saying that investigators concluded that the main reason why Nurkadilov shot himself related to family conflict.


Nurkadilov was found dead on 12 November. The For a Just Kazakhstan bloc has declared that Nurkadilov's death "without any doubt can be qualified as political."


A former mayor of Almaty and government minister, Nurkadilov later joined the opposition and accused the government of corruption.


(ifx/kazakh svc)

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