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Vienna: former Kazakhstan intelligence chief and bodyguard in court over banker deaths

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By Euronews
Vienna: former Kazakhstan intelligence chief and bodyguard in court over banker deaths

<p>The former chief of Kazakhstan’s intelligence service and a former bodyguard have appeared in court in Vienna, accused of aiding the abduction and murder of two bankers in 2007.</p> <p>It is claimed Alnur Mussayev and Vadim Koshlyak followed the orders of Rakhat Aliyev, a previous Kazakh ambassador to Austria and former son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s president.</p> <p>Aliyev was found dead in a prison cell in Vienna earlier this year.</p> <p>The bodies of the bankers, who were working for Nurbank, in which Aliyev was a major shareholder, were discovered in barrels in Kazakhstan in 2011. </p> <p>More than 60 witnesses are expected to testify at the trial.</p>