/EIN News/ In the middle of June Armangul Kapasheva, the head of Kazakh “Tagdyr” foundation is going to arrive in Berlin. The wife of the missing banker from Kazakhstan is planning to visit European Union once again, in order to meet with human rights activists and try to attract European public’s attention to the “Rakhat Aliyev’s case”. The former son-in-law of the Kazakhstan president and the former ambassador of this country in Vienna, convicted to 40 years of imprisonment in his own country, got a political refuge in Austria. Kapasheva has been quoted as saying she possesses evidence on Aliyev’s crimes (http://rakhataliyev.com/en/), proving he is behind her husband’s and other Kazkahstan bankers’, oppositionists’ and politicians’ disappearances.
Armangul Kapasheva, an energetic and goal-oriented person, is visiting EU for the third time this year. The wife of Zholdas Timraliyev, the “Nurbank” manager, missing after the meeting with Rakhat Aliyev, she is going to strive for truth by all possible means, filing a case in the Hague International tribunal inclusive.
She met with Austrian legal authorities in Vienna in January, she prevented Rakhat Aliev’s possible escape to London. Now she is going to the German capital, to ask local human rights activists for help. These constant trips are tiresome, but the “Tagdyr” foundation leader (“Tagdyr” is translated as “Fate”) is tired rather because her attempts to attract attention of the EU public to the “Aliyev’s case” have still brought no encouraging results. “I don’t understand it, – Kapasheva says, – injustice is caused in the public eye. Where are those brave and honest Europeans, who defended the rights of Guantanamo prisoners or was standing firmly for Tibet? Why don’t they at least try to understand more about what is happening right in their neighboring country in Central Europe, the country with democratic law?”
She is disappointed, because Rakhat Aliyev’s scandal has been lasting for almost two years. Aliyev is a Kazakhstan multi-millionaire, the former son-in-law of president Nursultan Nazarbayev and the former secret police general, accused in multiple kidnappings, authority abuse and a coup attempt. In his motherland he is convicted to 40 years of imprisonment, but the Austrian Themis doesn’t extradite the 42 years old ex-ambassador of Kazakhstan to Astana, saying he will not get a “fair trial”. Aliyev, a veteran of the Kazakhstan secret services, is arguing that at home he is persecuted, he is a dissident, a leader of democratic opposition and an adversary of the political regime. Though the dissidents of Kazakhstan were very much surprised when they had learned of their new “leader”, who used to be one of their most fierce oppressors, and they were very much surprised that the Austrians believed Aliyev. “Let Vienna doubt neutrality of Kazakhstan court, – says Kapasheva. – Let Austria deny Aliyev’s extradition. But then why they can’t hold an independent judicial investigation in Europe? In Austria, Germany, in any European country, or even in the Hague?”
Kapasheva and her associates from “Tagdyr” understand all too well that they would hardly live to Rakhat Aliyev’s extradition to their motherland. The only thing they are struggling for is to understand what happened to their husbands, sons and brothers, whether they are dead or alive, and where they are buried, if dead. Kapasheva believes that “only a public trial in Europe could give us opportunity to get to know anything of our relatives”. She hopes that human rights activists from Berlin may give her advice on what else she could do in this situation. Possibly, German journalists could take interest in the “Aliyev’s case”.