Justice Denied, Criminal on the Loose

Thursday, February 26, 2009
5:30-7:00 pm
1510 International Affairs Building

The Eurasia Initiative presents a talk featuring Armangul Kapasheva and Gulnara Timralieva – the wife and sister, respectively, of Zholdas Timraliev, a disappeared banker from Kazakhstan.

On January 31, 2007, Zholdas Timraliev and Aibar Khasenov, top managers of a major Kazakh bank, left their homes, never to be seen again. The ensuing investigation, lasting several months, uncovered incontrovertible evidence pointing to the former Kazakhstani Ambassador to Austria, former deputy chief of KNB (Kazakhstani successor of Soviet KGB) and son-in-law of Kazakhstani President, Rakhat Aliyev and his henchmen as responsible for the men’s disappearance. To date, the bankers have not been found.

Having conveniently donned the mantle of a principled opposition fighter, Aliyev managed to persuade the court in Austria, where he has been hiding, to deny the extradition request from the Kazakh government. He now shuttles between Austria and Greece, which has granted him a permanent resident status. According to reliable sources, Aliyev has applied for asylum in the U.S.

A month ago, Mrs. Kapasheva and Mrs. Timralieva established Tagdyr (Destiny) Foundation to learn about the missing bankers and to raise awareness about this and other crimes attributed to Aliyev.

A short documentary about the case will be shown, followed by the presentation and Q&A.

Please RSVP to Oksana Shulyar at os2170@columbia.edu

A traditional Central Asian meal will be served!