Kazakhstan’s “Dr. Jekyll” in Austria: blood and crocodile’s tears

With the culprit behind bars, the case or rather cases against Kazakhstan’s “prodigal presidential son-in-law” – often self-advertised as “Dr. Shoraz” in Austrian and other European media, is expected to unravel numerous details so far veiled behind his well-oiled propaganda machinery. Proceedings, however, which are expected to last through the upcoming winter and perhaps beyond that, could also bring a number of Rakhat Aliyev’s “friends” in trouble, some of whom are indeed in high places. Meanwhile, publication after publication not only expose the way in which those “friends” wittingly or unwittingly supported the cover-ups of Aliyev’s crimes (for which they are likely to be held responsible in Austrian courts of law) but also dismiss his claims of “political persecution” and his attempts to depict himself as a liberal democrat as fake and fantasy. Already, the recently publicised gruesome details of the Almaty murder case have been enough to convince courts and prosecutors in Austria, after many years of feet-dragging but also after more than a year of serious investigations, that they have laid their hands on a criminal – nothing less, nothing more.

BY CHARLES VAN DER LEEUW, WRITER, NEWS ANALYST

Kazakhstan’s “Dr. Jekyll” in Austria: blood and crocodile’s tearsThe latest allegations contradict Aliyev’s own version of how he ended up in the hands of the Austrian authorities, about a month after the latter had ordered his arrest. “Citing Aliyev’s lawyer Mandfred Ainedter, […] Aliyev turned himself in to police voluntarily because he wanted to cooperate with the investigation,” a subsequent report in the Maltese daily Malta Today [http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/world/39713/
rakhat_aliyev_arrested_in_vienna_#.U-hJlkoo7IU] referring to Austrian news sources was to read. “An arrest warrant for the Kazakh leader’s ex son-in-law was issued on May 19, 2014. Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck has not confirmed Aliyev’s arrest so far. Aliyev is under criminal prosecution in Austria over his alleged involvement in the murder of two bankers in 2008. Furthermore, Aliyev has had his assets frozen by Maltese courts as part of a money laundering inquiry. The Maltese investigation is being conducted in parallel with a similar inquiry underway in Krefeld, Germany. In March, the Criminal Court  issued a freezing order on the assets owned by Aliyev, in the first confirmed action that the embattled millionaire was being investigated over money laundering. The freezing order was issued against Aliyev, 52, and his Austrian wife Elnara Shorazova, and a host of companies he is connected to. The freezing order has been communicated to Banif Bank and Bank of Valletta, as well as the inland revenue and VAT departments, the public registry and the financial services authority, Ganado Trustees & Fiduciaries and Iuris Fiduciaries. The order prohibits Aliyev and his wife Elnara Shorazova, and the companies mentioned, from transferring or otherwise disposing of any movable or immovable property.”

Even though authorities in Kazakhstan have not dropped their extradition demand regarding Rakhat Aliyev, they seem to have peace with the notion of proceedings, including punishment, to take place in Austria instead. “Extradition of Rakhat Aliyev to Kazakhstan is extremely unlikely, according to the Deputy Chairman of Birlik political party and former Commissioner for Human Rights in Kazakhstan Bolat Baikadamov as quoted by Tengrinews [http://en.tengrinews.kz/politics_sub/Rakhat-Aliyev-extradition-unlikely-expert-254055/] in a report dated July 13 this year. “In addition to some established legal relations, there are also political traditions in Europe. According to these edeveloped, I would even go further and say accomplished, democracy. Therefore, countries such as France, Great Britain, Italy and Austria do not extradite anyone to the countries of the former Soviet Union. At least, there has not been a single precedent to my knowledge,” Baikadamov was quoted as stating. “Kazakhstan has been independent for over 20 years; over these years we have formed a good legal framework and justice system. Our Court has long since departed from the principles of the USSR judicial system. Therefore, I am sure that Kazakhstan can give an absolutely fair and humane treatment of criminals, even those like Rakhat Aliyev.”

By rejecting extradition, Austrian authorities have taken it upon themselves to tackle the case – meaning the murder and abduction case despite the fact that the crimes have taken place outside Austria’s jurisdiction and the money laundering case due to the fact that it has, in part along with neighbouring jurisdictions within the European Union. The Austrian prosecutors have received support fro public opinion a bit throughout Europe. In a recent article in the French edition of Asia News [http://www.asianews.fr/], “Doctor Shoraz” is being dubbed the “Dr. Jekyll of our times” – after Robert Louis Stevenson’s character, and described as “one of those numerous foreigners seeking protection in Europe to keep themselves aloof from judicial proceedings”, rather than the innocent “dissident” the likes of Aliyev would like to be seen as. “[Aliyev] used to be one of the most successful among them,” the report reads. “Why used to be? Beyond doubt because this gentleman has just changed his domicile: instead of a comfortable villa on Malta, he has obtained a comfortable room in the prison of Josefstadt in Austria, and the Viennese court has already more than once extended his term of detention.”

In the article’s words, “… Austrian justice have found good reasons to believe that they have a killer on their hands”. Further down, it ironically observes, after having briefly described the horrendous crime record of Aliyev: “But Europe is the bastion of democracy. Any refugee, even if he is genuinely guilty, enjoys the presumption of innocence. We should not overlook the fact either that Aliyev belongs to the super-rich, and it is always easier for the oligarchs to circumvent the course of the law. It can be noted that Dr. Shoraz has fled from Kazakhstan back in 2007, and has only received his prison term seven years later. […] Why have there not been any globally coordinated measures in order to complete the investigation? What have the Austrian law enforcement authorities been waiting for during all these years?”

Among the multiple ansers to those questions is that the Aliyev files have been pretty embarrassing for those authorities to begin with, and from the very beginning. According to an Austrian independent judicial watchdog, Irregularities” were involved in the granting of a passport to Rakhat Aliyev, as reported on Austria.com  [http://www.austria.com/authorities-blamed-in-aliyev-passport-scandal/3655280] as of July 31 last year. “The 3-person independent body, the, ‚Volkanwaltschaft‘, found that Aliyev, who has been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by a Kazakh court on kidnapping charges, should not have been issued either a residency permit or a passport by Austrian authorities,“ the article read. „Case handler Martina Cerny said that ‚irregularities in the administration‘ had occurred, meaning that ‚statutory regulations were not followed‘. According to Austrian law, the issuing of a foreign passport must be in the interests of the republic of Austria. Here the inspectors have cast doubts of whether a clear interest for Austria existed here. Rakhat Mukhtaruly Aliyev […] was surrounded by controversy since his arrival in Austria in 2001. Back then, Aliyev was rumoured to have been expelled from Kasachstan for having tried to arrange a putsch in his home country. Later he was alleged to have been behind the killing of his former lover. When two Nurbank managers were kidnapped in January 2007, following a supposed meeting with Aliyev, he was then stripped of his diplomatic title and the priviledge of diplomatic immunity. Following this he managed to avoid prosecution by securing false papers from the district administrative authority in Horn, Lower Austria. In a July 2010 article in FORMAT magazine it claims that  between 2005-2007 Aliyev transferred around €100 million of funds from accounts in Switzerland, Lebanon and Kasachstan across the world. With an international warrant out for his arrest in 2010, and with Austria under increasing pressure from Kazakhstan to extradite him for alleged involvement in the kidnapping, Aliyev escaped to Malta in April 2011. The chopped up remains of the kidnapped bankers were then found underneath Aliyev’s home in Kazakhstan in May 2011. Coroners said they had been choked and tortured.“

A recent mishap with The Netherlands as its location gives another possible answer to the abovementioned questions. Ever since the west has started to lock horns with its former Soviet foe again, the man who has virtually stood at the cradle of post-Soviet-style white collar crime witnessed a “tribunal” grant him the “right” to collect the staggering sum of 50 billion greenbacks from the Russian state. The man in question is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the one-time richest man in Russia who stripped assets of the oil company Yukos which he controlled, hid them abroad, evading billions in taxes and shielding them from all judicial proceedings involving them. The method he used truly grants him the title of schoolmaster for the likes of Aliyev and Ablyazov.

“The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has requested Russia to pay $50 billion to former Yukos oil company shareholders, partially satisfying their demand of $114 million, Kommersant business daily wrote Monday citing sources close to the case, reported in tuenby RIA Novosti [http://en.ria.ru/business/20140728/191372640/Hague-Court-Requests-Russia-to-Pay-50-Billion-to-Yukos.html] on July 28 this year. “The court has unilaterally decided to satisfy the lawsuit by Group Menatep Limited (GML), ruling that Russia violated the Energy Charter Treaty and expropriated Yukos’ assets. The court agreed, however, that Yukos tried to partially evade taxes through fake firms in Mordovia. The ruling provides that Russia had to abide to the Energy Charter Treaty, which covers trade, investment protection and transit rules, as well as dipute resolution on a multilateral basis. However, Russia had said when signing the Charter that it was putting the document into use on a temporary basis as long as it complied with state laws and would not ratify it until certain issues were settled. The shareholders will now get $50 billion in compensation and claim costs reimbursements of $65 million, the paper writes. Russia must pay the compensation by January 15, 2015, after which the sum will start accumulating interest. The decision may be appealed in the courts of the Netherlands. Russian authorities accused the management of the largest oil company at the time of economic crime in 2003. Several company’s executives were jailed and then convicted mostly of tax evasion in 2005 and embezzlement and money laundering in 2010. Yukos managers contended that the Russian government illegally forced the oil firm out of business and bankrupted it, which allowed state-controlled oil company Rosneft to snap up the bulk of its production assets and become Russia’s largest oil producer. Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had spent a decade in prison for fraud and tax evasion until he was released earlier this year. He consistently denied all charges against him, saying he was punished for supporting the tiny pro-Western opposition, and that the liquidation of Yukos was engineered by corrupt government officials aiming to seize lucrative oil assets.

More recently, in a comment [http://en.ria.ru/analysis/20140813/192190291/Why-Recent-Court-Verdicts-against-Russia-Have-No-Merit.html] posted on August 21 by Vladimir Krasnov, Ph.D., former professor and head of Russian Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, now based in Washington, denounced the kind of “verdicts” pronounced by self-styled “tribunals” as politically biased, using scoundrel entrepreneurs with the aim to underscore US and EU politicians’ crusade against the Russian Federation not so much over the civil war in Ukraine but to undermine its economy. A scenario, which could well be in store for Kazakhstan regarding the likes of Aliyev and his brother-in-crime Mukhtar Ablyazov. Indeed, attempts by both of them have already been made to keep stolen assets out of their rightful owners’ hands in this manner. According to Krasnov, this method whould stand no chance.

“Recent legal challenges against Russia coming from the West are mind-boggling in their severity, recklessness and timing,” the text reads. “In The Hague, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that Russia should pay $50 billion to the former share-holders of the now defunct YUKOS oil company. In Strasburg, the European Court of Human Rights, in another lawsuit of YUKOS people, issued a verdict for $81 billion, but then reduced it to a $1 billion 860 million. These decisions came on top of a premature “guilty” verdict Russia got in a flood of Western accusations for its unproven role in downing of the MH17 passenger plane over Ukraine’s territory. […] The conclusion I make is that all the accusations the USA and the West are making against Russia right now are without merit.  They are unfair to Russian people. They are also counterproductive to long-term interest of American people. They gravely undermine the credibility of the West in the eyes of all Russian people, especially so among those pro-Western Russian democrats and liberals who used to admire Western standards of justice and civility.” Something for Austria’s and France’s judges to ponder on…

 

THE NURBANK MURDER CASE: CHRONOLOGY

Taken from http://www.tagdyr.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Nurbank-Chronologie_ENG.pdf

1992

Nurbank is founded by the Atyrau regional governor’s office which is the principal shareholder of the bank.

Mid 1996

ALIYEV acquires 75% of all Nurbank assets and becomes its majority shareholder.

January 15 th, 2007

Aliyev books an Atyrau airlines flight from Almaty to Moscow on January 20th, 2007.

January 18 th, 2007, afternoon

At Aliyev’s request a Nurbank board meeting takes place, during which Aliyev will be appointed as a new main owner.

January 18 th, 2007, 4 p.m.

Aliyev asks Gilimov (the chairman of the board) and Timraliyev (1st deputy chairman) to join him on a business trip to Kiev.

January 18 th, 2007, 6 p.m.

GILIMOV and TIMRALIYEV drive with GILIMOV’s company car to the airport. In the meantime, A. BEKTYBAYEV contacts GILIMOV and asks him and TIMRALIYEV to take his car instead. They get into BEKTYVAYEV’s car; Vadim KOSHLYAK is already there.

January, 18 th, 2007, in the evening

Due to an alleged flight delay, Bektybaev, the head of the security, brings Gilimov, Timraliev and Koshlyak in a Rakhat sauna complex [village Rakhat near Almaty). Aliyev is already there.

January 18 th, 2007, 1 a.m.

Gilimov and Timraliyev are put into separate rooms. They are interrogated, tortured. Aliyev accuses Gilimov (and Timraliyev) of misappropriating money by lending their friend, Abdullayev, a credit of 21 million dollars. Gilimov denies it, saying that the current value of the ‟Ken Dala” building amounts to 100 million dollars. Aliyev makes Gilimov sign a contract in which he assigns all his Nurbank assets to Aliyev. His passport and money will be taken away. Timraliyev is locked in the strength chamber, handcuffed to a gymnastic apparatus, interrogated and maltreated by Aliyev and Koshlyak. Aliyev threatens to kill him, shoots with a gun between his legs, orders him to contact Abdullayev, the director and the owner of the „Ken Dala“ business center, and make him sell the building to Aliyev. Timraliyev should convince Abdullayev to assign ‟Ken Dala” to Aliyev or Nurbank at a price below the market value.

January 19 th, 2007, 10 a.m.

Timraliyev and Akimkulov call Abdullayev concerning the intended acquisition. Aliyev informs Gilimov about Akimkulov visit at Abdullayev’s in order to arrange all formalities. 2

January 19 th, 2007, morning

Dzhumadillaeva contacts Nurbank and on behalf of Aliyev, claims information about the mentioned credit of IKhK incorporation (= owner of Ken Dala).

January 19 th, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Gilimov calls from his mobile, which he received from Bektybayev, his wife and informs her about the kidnapping.

January 19 th, 2007, ca. 4 p.m.

Bazarbayeva contacts Karagaev (Nurbank employee?) and asks him to call police; Zholdabekov rejects this plea, because he doesn’t have necessary information about their whereabouts.

January 19 th, 2007, 7 p.m.

Aliyev releases GILIMOV and TIMRALIYEV, because he finds out that Gilimov informed his spouse about the kidnapping. Timraliyev, Gilimov, Abdullayev and Karagayev meet in Barakbayev’s house (Suyunbaya 19 street); Abdullayev decides to sell ‟ Ken Dala”. According to Karagayev also Zholdabekov was present at the meeting.

January 22 nd, 2007, 12 a.m.

During the Nurbank board meeting Gilimov and Timraliyev were deprived of their office. Dzhumadillaeva G. becomes the new chairman.

January 22 nd, 2007, afternoon

Ken Dala sales contract draft concerning in the amount of 4,347 billion Tenge between Abdullayev, IKhK AG and Akimkulov,AO Alma Tour; purchase of the ownership. Akimkulov doesn’t sign any credit documents.

January 22 nd, 2007, afternoon

Nurbank grants a credit in amount of 34 million dollars to Akimkulov, AO Alma Tour for the purchase of Ken Dala; no decision of the credit committee, only oral instructions on Gilimov’s part.

January 22 nd, 2007, afternoon

Gilimov signs documents about the change of the assets ownership from 23 300 equities for 10 000 Tenge each; already on January 19th he agrees to this bargain as well as to the change of the ownership.

January 22nd -30th, 2007

Timraliev „disappears“.

January 31st, 2007

Dzhumadillayeva invites Timraliyev and GILIMOV to a meeting in Nurbank; Gilimov advises Timraliyev not to do so. [Dzhumadillaeva wasn’t interrogated as a witness!] 3

January 31st, 2007, sometime during the day

Koshlyak drives to AGROTEX company and inspects an auxiliary building; he informs the administrator, Musatayev, about the upcoming visit. Musatayev says that there is no electricity, but Koshlyak means that it doesn’t matter.

January 31st, 2007, 3 p.m.

Nurbank board meeting in Ken Dala

January 31st, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Timraliyev appears in company of Nugymanov

[Nugymanov wasn’t interrogated as a witness!]

January 31st, 2007, after 3:30 p.m.

Timraliyev and Khasenov, together with Koshlyak and Aliyev, enter a small conference room on the 9th floor; it is very loud;

January 31st, 2007, between 5 and 6 p.m.

Aliyev orders to close the 9th floor, the building is under the supervision of AO Alma Tour, monitoring devices are turned off and other employees leave the office earlier. Sarsenbekov, Bekbatyrov and Bekmuratov follow the instructions. Only two secretaries, Aynura (?) and Madina (?), as well as Sagyndyk and Kayranova stay in the office until 10 p.m.

[Sagyndyk, Aynura and Madina weren’t interrogated as witnesses!]

January 31st, 2007, evening

Questioning and maltreatment continue. Aliyev makes Timraliyev to sketch some schemes and says something like: „Write, betray Gilimov“; According to some witnesses, Khasenov had abrasions and bruises all over his face.

January 31st, 2007, evening

Aliyev orders Khasenov to show him the building and to search it through: ‟If you find any founding documents, contracts, give them to Koshlyak“.

January 31st, 2007, 6 p.m.

Idrisova takes a photo of Timraliyev’s jacket with his mobile phone.

January 31st, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Gilimov receives a phone call from Barakbayev, who tells him that Kapasheva informed him about the Timraliyev’s disappearance. Interrogation showed that Mrs. KAPASHEVA contacted GILIMOV and informed him about TIMRALIYEV’s disappearance. 4

January 31st, 2007, 9 p.m.

Kapasheva informs police about the kidnapping, but an employee of the financial police forestalls the forwarding of the report.

January 31st, 2007, evening

Special police unit (SOBR) storms the bank building to set TIMRALIYEV and KHASENOV free. Aliyev asks TIMRALIYEV, if he knows anything about the operation, and if he has something to do with it. TIMRALIYEV informs ALIYEV that the letters for KULIBAYEV, TASMAGAMBETOV and the President are ready to be sent and that SOBR was informed to act if the recipient wouldn’t call back until 5 p.m.

January 31st, 2007, 11:00-12.00 p.m.

Timraliyev wears a blue uniform and a cap, which covers his face. Aliyev and others, take him and later on Khasenov, out of the building through a service gate. Khasenov’s face isn’t covered. Two cares are already waiting. According to BEKMURATOV, TIMRALIYEV and KHASENOV were wearing caps.

January 31 st / February 1 st , 2007, night

After some halts, car change and trying to mislead the runner-ups, as well as some on and offs, they stop at Aliyev’s place, residence no. 5 in Navoi street. Afterwards, the abducted men are brought to the Agrotex company site (the company belongs to Aliyev’s father) in Karaseyski region. Aliyev questions them again, but without success. He asks about ‟some credits, schemes and about Gilimov”.

According to Musatayev (‟Agrofirma“ administartor) Aliyev, Koshlyak and K.Akimkulov as well as two other jung men and someone called Askan, hauled both men off. On January 31st, in the afternoon, Koshlyak mentioned to Musatayev, that they are awaiting some ‟guests” at night.

February 1 st , 2007

Between 5 and 7 a.m. everybody returns to Aliyev’s residence. Timraliyev and Khasenov are kept hostage for a couple of days and questioned by Aliyev and Koshlyak

February 1 st , 2007

Khasenova reports the abduction.

February 1 st , 2007

As Kapasheva finds out that her missing person’s report hasn’t been taken care of and she contacts police again.

Later on the abduction report from February 2nd will be recorded on the following number: 07757703420002.

February 1 st , 2007

TIMRALIYEV’s sister and his wife Gulnar TIMRALIYEVA report him missing.

February 1 st , 2007

Khasenov tells Bekmuratov, that „it would be much better, if he worked in a quiet place, now he has a large responsibility and that’s why he was set up“ 5

February 1 st , 2007, evening

Aliyev brings Timraliyev coffee and the meeting lasts 3 hours.

February 2 nd /3 rd, 2007

Khasenova’s sister calls Dzhumadillaeva. She tells her, that nobody should search for Khasenov, he is doing fine and that he is hiding somewhere.

February 3 rd, 2007

Financial police appears at Gilimov‘s flat with a search warrant; according to Gilimov, the document doesn’t contain any charges against him, the police searches his apartment through, allegedly for photos of politicians and opposition members; they take Gilimov with them, whereas he will be released after 24 hours; they interrogate him every day until February 7th (police ‟attack” on Nurbank on January 31st, 2007.)

February 3 rd /4 th, 2007

Aliyev and Koshlyak question Timraliyev again.

February 3 rd /4 th, 2007 or the first days of February 2007

Around 10 p.m. Aliyev sends Bektybayev to his father’s flat. The bodyguard talks with the driver about the ‟guests” who are sitting in the Mercedes the off-road vehicle. Bektybayev says they are only some bankers.

February 4 th, 2007

Kapasheva‘s public plea to the Kazakh President, Nazarbayev

February 4 th/ 5 th, 2007, night

Khasenov, Aliyev and Koshlyak will be driven to the town. Following Aliyev‘s instructions, Khasenov calls his wife and tells her, in an unusual voice, that everything is fine and that he is hiding from the financial police. Kapasheva receives a phone call from Timraliyev, but he sounds compelled.

February 5 th, 2007

According to Bektybayev, the abducted men were brought separately, with a Toyota Land Cruiser (Aliyev at the steering wheel, Koshlyak and men with covered faces in the back of the car) from a lower-lying guard’s house, which belongs to the residence, to a storage facility. They are in separate rooms, handcuffed to the radiators.

February 5 th/6 th, 2007

Timraliev will be driven to Druzhba village. Following the instructions, he calls his spouse, but he doesn’t answer any of her questions. He says he must flee and she can tell that he sounds compelled. Timraliyev contacts also Gilimov, but he can only talk to Bazarbayeva. He tells her the same story, as the one he told his wife.

[Where is the statement about Timraliev’s phone call to Gilimov? According to the spokesman of both women, both phone calls took place on the same evening.] 6

February 6th, 2007

Kapasheva reveals the information about the phone call of her husband

February 7 th, 2007

According to Gilimov, Aliyev and Dzhumadillayeva informed financial police and laid charges against Gilimov, who allegedly planned the police ‟attacks“on Nurbank on January 31st, 2007. At the same day financial police arrests Gilimove and keeps him in custody until September 3rd, 2007.

February 8 th, 2007, 11 a.m.

Aliyev calls Akimkulov and informs him that he doesn’t have to bring any food to the residence.

February 8 th, 2007, 7 – 8 p.m.

Aliyev wants to meet Akimkulov in the Cafe-Bar Guiness. Koshlyak and Musayev are already there. They talk about the bank managers and the impossibility to hand them over to the police; Koshlyak says that in such case they mustn’t stay alive.

February 8 th, 2007

Between 11 and 12 a.m. Aliyev gives both men injections and sedates them with „Persen“, (3x a day)

February 9 th, 2007

Aliyev leaves without his bodyguards, what he often does when he wants to keep his whereabouts secret.

February 9 th, 2007, 3 p.m.

Both men get the injections and pills, what keeps them still. Aliyev and Musayev park their Jeep at the site of Aliyev’s residence. Sychev, the bodyguard, must give Koshlyak the key to the second guard’s house where the monitoring devices are; later on, around 4 p.m., processors are idle and the key is in the lock. A Toyota Land Cruiser appears at the site of the residence; Bekmuratov sees Musayev at the site of the residence no. 5, when he, together with Koshlya, drives the bank managers away. Following Bektybayev’s instructions, Sychev and Yezmurzayev bring 3 white plastic bags with matrices and blankets to a kennel; Zyabkin should give them to the dogs. Aliyev orders Bekmuratov, to clean the storage.

February 9 th/10 th, 2007, night

Around midnight Bektybayev, who is under the influence of alcohol, returns to the residence.

February 9 th/10 th, 2007, evening

Accordig to Musatayev, around 5 p.m. Aliyev drove with two cars to AGROTEX; there, he asked him to drive to the company site with his Lada NIVA, because he was planning to buy the neighboring plot; it’s already dawning. Afterwards, Aliyev requires a spade; a bucket is missing. Abilkairov, who is an embassy worker, has to burn mattresses in an oven of an auxiliary building of the residence (?). Employee Kaipova reported that Aliyev and his accomplices visited the AGROTEX company site around 10 p.m., where he stayed in the VIP area. 7

February 9 th , 2007, 10 – 11 p.m.

Between 10 and 11 p.m. Musayev, Aliyev and a European-looking man meet at Musayev’s datscha in Taugul. They stay there for 2-3 hours. According to Sarsenbayev, Musayev didn’t come back to his datscha until at 1 or 2 a.m. on February 10th and he was ordered to clean his Toyota Prado, which was very dirty.

February 10 th, 2007, past midnight

Koshlyak calls Bekmuratov to ask what the situation in the residence is. There are many loud male voices in the background; probably there is a feast taking place;

February 9 th./10 th , 2007, midnight

Aliyev contacts Bektybayev to tell him he should come on foot to the residence no 4. (?); Aliyev and Koshlyak join him late at night; Koshlyak stays there; Aliyev drives back home;

February 10 th, 2007, 9 a.m.

The driver of Musayev, Kashpanov, comes to Musayev’s datscha and sees what was left after the feast;

February 10 th , 2007

ALIYEV and KOSHLYAK instruct BEKMURATOV to bring the car, TOYOTA LAND CRUISER to a chemical cleaning service.

Aprox. February 10 th , 2007

Seydaliyev reports that around 7 p.m. Aliyev, Bektybayev drove to the residence together with three other cars. Seydaliyev was assigned to burn mattresses and blankets which were in the kennel.

February 10 th , 2007

Aliyev is again in at the site of his residence and supervises the wiping out the traces of the crime; he becomes mad when he finds out that his orders haven’t been carried out;

Couple of days later

Bekmuratov hast o clean the car chemically

February 12th/13 th, 2007

Aliyev wants Akimkulov to meet him in his flat in Tulebayeva street; there, he gives him an expensive watch, which Akimkulov immidiately recognizes, because it belongs to Timraliyev; 5 minutes after he leaves, Aliyev changes his mind ‒ Akimkulov shouldn’t come and he must give the watch back;

February 12th/13 th, 2007

BEKTYBAYEV should travel with ALIYEV to Austria. IMASHEV receives at a short notice an appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs and moves to Vienna. When BEKTYVAYEV arrives, on February 13th/14th, 2007, IMASHEV is already there. At the same time other bodyguards move for two weeks to Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

Mid February 2007

Stanislav Bugajkin, who works in Koshlyak’s car repair shop, has to dry-clean the Toyota Land Cruiser 100 VX

End of February 2007

ALIYEV sends Sapozhnikov to Austria and his personal driver to Russia.

March 12th, 2007

Proceedings against Timraliyev will be initiated and he will be traced due to alleged embezzling of Nurbank assets (policy no. 07751705110155). First lieutenant, J. ISSAYEV and the deputy state prosecutor of Almaty, ADYROV, confirm the arrest warrant against TIMRALIYEV.

May 10 th, 2007

Charges against Gilimov and Timraliyev due to kidnapping of the bank managers

May 2007

Musayev‘s driver, Sarsenbayev, confirms seeing Musayev for the last time. Musayev lodges his personal items, such as the KNB-identification card, at Sarsenbayev’s place.

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