Kazakhstan: bodies of the missing Nurbank top managers discovered
Kazakh law enforcement agencies discovered the bodies of Joldas Timraliyev and Aibar Hasenov, Nurbank top managers reported missing in late January and sought ever since.
According to ZonaKz.Net, the bodies were badly mutilated. Law enforcement agencies suspect that the victims were tortured. It took DNA samples to identify the bodies.
Bagdat Kojahmetov, Chief of the PR Department of the Kazakh Interior Ministry, flatly proclaimed Timraliyev and Hasenov still missing in the course of the traditional briefing on July 10.
"All of that are lies. The bodies were never found," Kazakhstan Today quoted Kojahmetov as saying in connection with the persistent rumors. "Investigation is under way. Sure, some progress has been made but that's all I'm going to say on the subject."
Charges of Timraliyev's abduction were pressed against Rahat Aliyev, former son-in-law of the president of Kazakhstan. Kojahmetov said on June 18 that the investigation had reconstructed the crime in detail and established the criminals as acting under Aliyev's leadership. "Our specialists have even established the location where the kidnapped bankers were put under moral and physical pressure," Kojahmetov said.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev sacked Aliyev as ambassador to Austria and special envoy for contacts with the OSCE on May 26. The Austrian police arrested Aliyev but set him free on a bail (1 million euros) with recognizance not to leave. The Kazakh authorities badger Austria for Aliyev's extradition.