Statement of The General Prosecutor’s Office
On February 11, 2006, in Almaty, Altynbek Sarsenbayuly, Vassiliy Zhuravlyov
and Baurzhan Baibosyn were kidnapped and murdered.
During the investigation, law enforcement agencies identified Rustam
Ibragimov and nine other individuals as those responsible for these crimes.
As the investigation progressed, Rustam Ibragimov named Yerzhan Utembayev,
who was the chief of the Head-Office of the Senate of the Parliament of the
Republic of Kazakhstan at the time, as the individual who hired him to murder
On August 31, 2006, all individuals identified during the investigation
were sentenced to long terms by Almaty Oblast Court. Ibragimov, the direct
organizer and executor, was sentenced to the capital punishment, a sentence
that was later replaced by life imprisonment.
However, on April 16, 2012, Ibragimov, who is serving his sentence in
prison, filed a petition to the Supreme Court in which he provided
circumstances of the crime that were previously unknown to law enforcement and judicial
In that statement, the first time he confessed of the murder, Ibragimov
described, in detail, the circumstances of its commission. He also stated that
the true hirers of the kidnapping and murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayuly were
Rakhat Aliev and Alnur Musayev, not Yerzhan Utembayev.
By the order of the Supreme Court, the accuracy of his testimony was
further verified by the specially created operational investigative team, which
included representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Committee for
National Security and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of
At the same time, and at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of
the Republic of Kazakhstan, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was
directly involved in the investigation.
Based on the investigation results, the newly discovered evidence provided
by Ibragimov has been proved true.
It was found that in 2006, after the completion of polygraph research and
interview with the U.S. FBI Agents, Rustam Ibragimov said the true hirer of the
murder was Rakhat Aliev. However, Ibragimov refused to give official testimony
to the law enforcement bodies and asked not to disclose this information
because of fear for his family’s safety from Aliev and Musayev.
In the process of investigating Rustam Ibragimov’s statement, the U.S. FBI
has confirmed the new information and provided the relevant documents.
During the reinvestigation, Ibragimov testified that Yerzhan Utembayev
asked him to beat Altynbek Sarsenbayuly because of personal aversions. Rakhat Aliev found out about it and,
together with Alnur Musayev, decided to exploit the situation and instructed
Ibragimov to carry out the murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayuly, using Yerzhan
Utembayev’s request as a cover.
Rustam Ibragimov’s explanation was fully confirmed by objective evidence
collected during the reinvestigation. New evidence and testimony have confirmed
the involvement of Rakhat Aliev and Alnur Musayev in the ordering and arranging
of the murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayuly and his two companions.
In August 2013, the testimony of Rustam Ibragimov and several key witnesses
were verified for accuracy and confirmed by specially invited FBI polygraph
As such, on December 11, 2013, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the
Republic of Kazakhstan directed to the Supreme Court its request for the
partial reconsideration of the verdict in the murder of Altynbek Sarsenbayuly,
Vassiliy Zhuravlev and Baurzhan Baibosyn.
On December 19, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan,
based on the Rustam Ibragimov’s statement and with account of new materials,
partially cancelled the previous verdict with respect to Yerzhan Utembayev.
The grounds for a retrial with regards to other participants of the crime
have not been established, because the new evidence did not affect
qualification of their action.
Also on December 19, the Supreme Court submitted the criminal case for a
new trial in the Special Criminal Interdistrict Court for Almaty oblast.
In case of appropriate the court’s decision, a criminal case on Rakhat
Aliev and Alnur Musayev will be initiated and preliminary investigation will be
conducted with participation of FBI agents to determine the involvement of
Rakhat Aliev and Alnur Musayev in the murders of Altynbek Sarsenbayuly, Vasiliy
Zhuravlyov and Baurzhan Baybosyn.
The results of these legal proceedings will be announced.