Her publicist reveals photographs of her travelling from the US to Europe, via Dubai, to dispel rumour that she is on an Interpol wanted list.
PETALING JAYA: Maira Nazarbayev, mother to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s future son-in-law Daniyar Nazarbayev, has rejected claims that she is wanted by Interpol for various crimes, adding that she was headed to Europe for a “long-planned family summer vacation”.
Speaking through a statement issued by her family spokesperson Ronn Torossian, the 50-year-old Maira said American media reports about the Interpol “wanted” notice were completely inaccurate.
Torossian said Maira had landed in Dubai last night from New York, on her way to the undisclosed location in Europe for the vacation.
Photographs of her in both the New York airport and the Dubai airport were sent to media organisations.
“I am looking forward to my long-planned family summer vacation in Europe. We are all unaware of who is actually behind these absurd claims and accusations which have caused our family unnecessary embarrassment.
“These scandalous allegations are completely untrue and have been made without any substantiation whatsoever,” said Maira through the statement issued by Torossian.
Torossian, meanwhile, told FMT that Maira was free to move and would be spending her vacation with “family and loved ones”.
“It is unfortunate that this private family matter has been manipulated and exploited by parties with political interests.
“The family expects to be able to resolve this matter amicably in the best interest of their children,” he said.
He also said that Maira’s younger son, 10-year-old Khanbolat Nazarbayev, was enrolled in a posh private school on the Upper East Side Of Manhattan, “a very close distance from the couple’s Plaza Hotel residence”.
Daniyar is engaged to Najib’s daughter Nooryana Najwa (photo above).
Maira, in an interview with New York Post on June 14, said that the engagement was still on, adding that Najib’s family was saddened by the false accusations made against her and Daniyar.
“They are very saddened by the news that is coming out in the press about all these unsubstantiated claims,” she had said in the interview.
She also denied her multi-millionaire ex-husband’s allegations about her – including that she conned him out of their 4,000 square foot apartment and is wanted for a host of crimes by Interpol – and maintained that she and her former husband, Bolat Nazarbayev, are still married.
Bolat is the brother of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
She also dismissed claims that she was wanted in Kazakhstan “for various crimes, including kidnapping, use of threats of physical harm to extract funds from a business associate, and using criminal threats to force another person to transfer real property to the name of a family associate”.