Kazakhstan's ex-ambassador charged with murder

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Posted: Dec 30, 2014 9:27 AM

VIENNA (AP) — A prosecutor in Vienna says a former Kazakh ambassador to Austria has been charged with murder.

Prosecutor Thomas Vecsey identified the suspect Tuesday as Rakhat Alijev, a former son-in law of Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. He is suspected of involvement it the killings of two bank managers in Kazakhstan — an accusation he denies.

He has been sought by Kazakh authorities since 2007 after falling out with Nazarbayev. Austria has turned down two requests for Alijev's extradition while investigating the allegations, and he has spent the last six months in investigative custody.

Vecsey refused to detail the charges.