Kazakh authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for the powerful son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbayev who faces abduction charges and has publicly criticized the longtime leader.
Rakhat Aliyev, the husband of Nazarbayev's daughter Dariga, was put on a wanted list for alleged involvement in the suspected February kidnapping of two senior managers of a bank he controls, the Interior Ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site Monday.
Aliyev was suspected of an attempt to unseat his father-in-law in 2001 and recently advocated the establishment of a monarchy in the Central Asian former Soviet republic.
He was fired from his position as deputy foreign minister after the abduction allegations in February and was sent to be Kazakhstan's ambassador in Austria.
Aliyev, who is still in Austria, was dismissed from that position on Saturday, hours after he publicly accused Nazarbayev of a "retreat to totalitarian Soviet past" and said he would run for president in 2012. He also rejected the abduction allegations against him, saying they were fabricated on Nazarbayev's orders.
Aliyev, 44, a former tax police chief, has substantial business interests. His wife, Dariga, who controls the country's most powerful media holding, has a seat in parliament and is a deputy chairman of her father's political party.
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