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Kazakhstan Issues Warrant For Former Security Official

(RFE/RL) ALMATY, August 24, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan's Prosecutor-General today announced an international arrest warrant for the former chairman of the Kazakh National Security Committee.

Prosecutor's spokesman Saparbek Nurpeisov said General Alnur Musaev is wanted in connection with the kidnapping and suspected murder of two officials from Almaty's private Nurbank. Musaev's whereabouts are unknown.

The case revolves around the abduction in January of former Nurbank officials Zholdas Timraliev and Abilmazhen Gilimov.

Timraliev's wife says her husband quit Nurbank in January after a disagreement with the man who had controlled the bank at that time, Rakhat Aliev. Timraliev and Gilimov have been missing since then. Authorities says they suspect Timraliev and Gilimov may have been murdered.

Musaev had been a close associate of Aliev, who also is the former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. Aliev has been charged by Kazakh authorities with kidnapping and assault in the case.

Aliev was arrested in Austria, where he had served as the ambassador from Kazakhstan. But Austrian police released Aliev after he posted bail of 1 million euros ($1.35 million).

Austria has refused Kazakhstan's requests to extradite Aliev, questioning whether Aliev would be able to get a fair trial in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's Fallen Opposition

Kazakhstan's Fallen Opposition
Slain Kazakh journalist Askhat Sharipzhanov (undated RFE/RL file photo)

February 13, 2006: Altynbek Sarsenbaev -- a leader of the Kazakh opposition, co-chairman of the Naghyz Aq Zhol party, former minister of information, former Kazakh ambassador to Russia, former secretary of Kazakhstan's Security Council -- is found dead with his bodyguard and his driver, shot to death, execution style, with their hands bound behind their backs.

November 11, 2005: Zamanbek Nurkadilov-- prominent Kazakh politician, former mayor of Almaty, former Minister of Extraordinary Situations, and since a vocal critic of President Nursultan Nazarbaev since March 2004 -- is found shot to death, with two shots in his chest and one in his head. Kazakh authorities officially rule the case a suicide.

June 2, 2005: Batyrkhan Darimbet -- opposition journalist and editor in chief of the weekly AZAT -- is killed in what is officially reported as a traffic accident. Relatives and activists assert that it was a political killing.

December 19, 2004: Erzhan Tatishev -- head of Kazakhstan's largest bank, TuranAlemBank -- is killed in what was officially described as a hunting accident. Kazakh political observers allege that it was a premeditated assassination.

July 20, 2004: Askhat Sharipzhan-- independent journalist and political commentator for NAVI online -- dies of injuries sustained several days earlier in what was officially reported as a hit-and-run accident. Relatives and colleagues believe it was an assassination.

November17, 2002: Independent journalist Nuri Muftakh is killed in what is officially reported as a traffic accident. Colleagues and activists regard the death as suspicious.

January 4, 2002: Human rights activist Aleksei Pugaev is found dead, the victim of a hit-and-run car accident. Colleagues regard the circumstances as suspicious and no one is ever arrested in connection with the death.

(compiled by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)


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