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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazakhstan Issues Arrest Warrant

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh police issued an international arrest warrant for President Nursultan Nazarbayev's son-in-law on Monday.

Rakhat Aliyev, a powerful businessman who has fallen out with his father-in-law, says the case is a politically motivated attempt to silence him. His whereabouts have been unclear after he was fired from the post of ambassador to Austria on Saturday.

On Monday, Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman Bagdat Kozhakhmetov said Aliyev was accused of running a mafia network in Kazakhstan, in addition to kidnapping charges he already faces.

"The head of this criminal group ... is currently Rakhat Aliyev," he told reporters.

"He has been put on the international wanted list," Kozhakhmetov said, without elaborating.

A Kazakh Embassy spokesman in Vienna could not say where Aliyev was.

Aliyev, his allies and Austrian police could not be reached for comment.

Kozhakhmetov said a group of Kazakh investigators, including a deputy general prosecutor, had left for Vienna to look into the case.

Aliyev accused Nazarbayev last week of rolling back democracy and said his problems started after he told Nazarbayev of his intention to run for president. Last week Nazarbayev, in power since 1989, signed constitutional amendments allowing him to stay in office for life.