Malta’s police reluctant to initiate a case against Rakhat Aliyev
Nov 07. Tengrinews
Malta’s police keep on ignoring demands of Kazakhstan’s ex PM Akezhan Kazhegeldin’s bodyguards to initiate a criminal case against Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakhstan President’s ex son-in-law, according to Malta Today.
According to the newspaper, Petr Afanasenko and Satzhan Ibrayev, the two bodyguards, turned to Malta’s police requesting to initiate investigation into Rakhat Aliyev’s actions, alleging he had applied tortures to them. They had already turned to law enforcement bodies in some EU nations, including Malta; however, no investigations have been initiated so far.
Late October Valetta hosted a public hearing arranged by Aditus, an NGO, where the two bodyguards told about the tortures they allegedly had been exposed to back in 2000 by Mr. Aliyev, the then Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Austria. According to them, in April 2000 Mr. Aliyev was trying for 48 hours to force them to testify that Mr. Kazhegeldin had been plotting a coup d’etat.
The two bodyguards demand Malta’s police start investigation into Mr. Aliyev’s actions based on these allegations.
According to Malta Today, the two bodyguards are being assisted by Journalists in Trouble, a non-for-profit organization based in Kazakhstan.
Last year Mr. Kazhegeldin turned to Malta’s court with a complaint about inaction of the local police reluctant to initiate a case against Mr. Aliyev over the torture allegations.
Aditus, the NGO that arranged the public hearing, received a letter from Mr. Aliyev wherein he denies allegations put forward by the bodyguards. In the letter he also claims that the public hearing was arranged to mislead the judicial authorities.