Ex-Kazakh diplomat held in murder probe

Rakhat Aliyev is accused of kidnapping and murdering two bankers in Kazakhstan.

Ex-Kazakh diplomat held in murder probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rakhat Aliyev, the former Kazakh Ambassador to Austria and son-in law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been arrested in Vienna on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering two bankers in his home country.

Aliyev flew from Malta to Vienna voluntarily to be questioned by Austrian investigators, according to his lawyers on Saturday.

He is being held in jail and, after he has been indicted, a court will decide whether to extradite him to Kazakhistan, they said.

Austrian officials have previously twice refused to extradite Aliyev on the grounds that he is unlikely to get fair trial.

'Coup planned'

An investigation against Aliyev was opened in Vienna in 2011.

Aliyev was married to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter Dariga, but later fell out with the leader.

He and his wife were divorced in 2007, although Aliyev claimed it was without his knowledge or consent.

The following year, he was stripped of his diplomatic immunity when a Kazakh court sentenced him to 40 years in absentia for the murders and planning a coup with a former intelligence chief against Nazarbayev.

Aliyev claims the charges against him are politically motivated.

Last Mod: 07 Haziran 2014, 12:24
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