The mother of the future son-in-law of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak says the allegation is 'absurd'.
Several foreign newspapers including the New York Post had reported on Tuesday that Daniyar, who is engaged to Najib’s daughter Nooryana Najwa, had cheated his stepfather of a US$20 million condominium in New York.
He was also accused of conning his way into the Ivy League Columbia University where he met Nooryana. He was said to have used “fraudulent and fabricated” paperwork from a high school which he did not attend.
But his mother, Maira Nazarbayev, shrugged off the allegations as absurd, saying there were no proof and were made by parties with political interest.
“My husband and I are unaware of who is actually behind these absurd claims and accusations. These scandalous allegations are completely untrue and have been made without any substantiation whatsoever.
“This is a private family matter which has been manipulated and exploited by parties with political interests,” she said in a statement.
She also denied she is being sued by her estranged husband, saying they maintain a good relation and have not seen “any paper relating to a divorce” as reported.
She also dismissed accusation that Daniyar is a dropout. Maira said her son is currently enlisted in the British military and his engagement with Nooryana is still on despite the allegations against them.
Several local media picked up the story on the 24-year-old Kazakh who celebrated his engagement to Najib’s daughter in a glittering ceremony here in June last year.
Leaders from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition have come out to defend Najib and called the claims an “exaggeration”. They also said the issue was a private matter and does not affect Najib’s leadership ability.
The stepfather, Bolat Nazarbayez, is the brother of Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He has since taken legal action against Daniyar and his mother.
He had accused them of taking advantage of his trust to allegedly swindle him of the Plaza condominium as well as two other multimillion dollar apartments on Wall Street.
The daily also reported that Daniyar’s mother, Maira, had changed his surname from Kesikbayev to Nazarbayev to match the Kazakh president’s after marrying Bolat in 2001.
Bolat also claimed that he discovered that Maira had several aliases and was wanted by the Interpol and Kazakh authorities for crimes such as kidnapping and extortion.
The allegations were part of Bolat’s suit against Maira and her son in the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Despite widespread searches in five countries including Malaysia, Daniyar has been reported missing. Similar reports were also published in the UK’s Daily Mail and international news agency UPI.
Najib’s future son-in-law a ‘conman’