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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazakhstan Not Giving Up on Aliyev

Kazakhstan will make further attempts to secure the extradition of President Nursultan Nazarbayev's former son-in-law from Austria, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Thursday.

An Austrian court Wednesday rejected Kazakhstan's request to have Rakhat Aliyev, Nazarbayev's former son-in-law and Kazakhstan's ex-ambassador to Austria -- extradited to face kidnapping charges in his homeland.

The court ruled that Aliyev should not be sent back to Kazakhstan because he would not receive a fair trial there, said Gerhard Jarosch, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office.

"We'll turn to courts of higher instance all the way to the international court," Kazakh Interior Ministry spokesman Bagdat Kozhekhmetov told reporters in Astana. He did not specify which international court.

Aliyev, 44, was arrested in Vienna on June 1 on an international warrant charging him with the alleged kidnappings of two senior managers of a Kazakh bank he controls.

Aliyev, who was released on 1 million euro ($1.4 million) bail, had contended that the charges were fabricated on Nazarbayev's orders.

"I always saw myself as the victim of a plot," Aliyev said in a statement issued late Wednesday. "I had the utmost confidence in Austrian law."

Jarosch said the ruling meant Aliyev was a free man. Aliyev said he planned to take a vacation in London "to recover from the strain of the past months." He and Nazarbayev's daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, recently divorced.

Aliyev was dismissed as ambassador in May after he publicly accused Nazarbayev of a "retreat to the totalitarian Soviet past" and said he would run for president in 2012.