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Kazakh President's Daughter Divorces Fugitive Husband

Darigha Nazarbaeva (file photo) (OSCE) ALMATY, June 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Darigha Nazarbaeva, the eldest daughter of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Rakhat Aliev have officially divorced, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

Aliev, currently detained in Austria on charges of money laundering, confirmed that he received a fax on June 11 informing him of the divorce.

Aliev said he did not agree to the divorce and was unhappy at the manner he was informed. He says his signature was forged on the divorce papers.

Aliev currently faces extradition to Kazakhstan, where he is wanted on charges of abduction and assault against two senior officials of a bank he controls, Nurbank, allegedly to force them to sell their interests in a building in Almaty.

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