London Mansion Linked To Nazarbaev Family At Center Of British Court Battle
A court in London is set to decide the fate of a luxurious London mansion and two other properties linked to the family of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
During a March 10 hearing at the London High Court, lawyers for the companies that own the properties will demand that an investigation by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) be halted, the British broadcaster BBC reported.
It said the case involved a vast property — with an underground pool and a cinema — located on one of London’s most exclusive roads, commonly known as “Billionaires Row.”
The high-security home is owned by companies based in tax havens, but public records show that the occupiers are Nazarbaev’s grandson Nurali Aliev and his wife, Aida, according to the report.
The property is said to be one of three worth more than $104 million in total that have been subject to unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) since May 2019.
Under an UWO, the NCA can apply for a court to seize property when a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot identify a legitimate source of the funds used to buy it.
The BBC said it could not identify the properties in question for legal reasons.
Aliev presents himself as a businessman and investor.
His grandfather, Nazarbaev, was president of oil- and gas-rich Kazakhstan for three decades until he suddenly resigned in March 2019.
Aliev’s mother, Darigha Nazarbaeva, is the former president’s daughter and current speaker of the parliament’s upper chamber, the Senate.
His father, Rakhat Aliev, was a senior government member who became an opponent of Nazarbaev. He was found dead in an Austrian prison in 2015 while awaiting trial for the alleged murder of two bankers in Kazakhstan.
Last year, a British court ordered the son of Moldova’s former Prime Minister Vladimir Filat to hand over $650,000 following an NCA investigation.
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