Former vice-president of Kazakh Kazatomprom arrested in Canada
The former vice-president of the Kazatomprom Kazakh national company Rustem Tursunbayev was arrested in Canada accused of stealing $20 million; Express K quotes Canadian Toronto News.
Mr Tursunbayev was arrested by Toronto Police and the Canadian Border Service Agency. Taking into account the serious charges, it is assumed that the Canadian justice may list the fugitive as undesirable migrant.
In July 2009, Mr Tursunbayev moved to Canada to take up permanent residence at the time a scandal surrounding him was growing fast. The company's president Mukhtar Dzhakishev was arrested and Mr Tursunbayev was placed on the international wanted list. In August 2009, together with his wife Natalia he bought a $3.6 million mansion in Canada with four bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a swimming pool.
In Canada Mr Tursunbaev was listed as self-employed and was playing the stock market, Detective Rick Mooney said. In August 2011, Interpol included the ex-Kazakh in a red circular. This step usually simplifies the active search for an international criminal and his extradition in the case of capture. He in turn, was preparing for possible arrest and sold the house to his wife for $2 (two dollars).
Hiding from Kazakh justice, Mr Tursunbayev did not forget to blog on Facebook. For example, he likes the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, plays preference, Alien and True Lies are among his favourite films. The quotation which was placed on his Facebook page could be called prophetic: 'Life is what happens to you while you are building plans'.