Maira Nazarbayeva of Kazakhstan has, through a spokesperson, denied the allegation that she is on Interpol’s ‘wanted’ list.
In a statement, Ronn Torossian attached a photograph of her in Dubai to prove that she had begun her European tour without being picked up by police.
“The media has falsely reported Interpol rumours – clearly from this picture she is travelling freely in Europe, the Nazarbayev family is planning to spend time with family and loved ones,” says the statement.
In the undated photograph, Maira stands in front of an electronic advertisement banner which reads ‘Dubai Summer Fun’.
There is what appears to be an Emirates flight schedule behind her, though the words cannot be made out.
In a three-sentence statement, Maira described the claim as absurd and said it has brought unnecessary shame to her family.
“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,” Maira said.
According to a US lawsuit filed by Bolat Nazarbayev – husband or ex-husband of Maira, the circumstances of which remain murky as highlighted by New York Post – Maira and her son from an earlier marriage Daniyar had cheated Bolat of a US$20 million condominium
The suit, according to New York Post, also states that Bolat had obtained the annulment of his marriage with Maira in 2009 after he found out that she was allegedly wanted by Interpol.
It states that Bolat’s stepson Daniyar also got into Columbia University through fraud.
Maira had since denied all these allegations and insists that she is still married to Bolat.
Maira’s son, Daniyar Nazarbayev, is engaged to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s daughter Nooryana Najwa.
A source close to Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor has dismissed the allegations as exaggerated.