ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The death of leading Kazakh opposition politician Zamanbek Nurkadilov casts a long shadow over the country's Dec. 4 presidential election.
On Nov. 13 Nurkadilov was found dead found dead by his wife at their home in the capital Almaty with two gunshots to his chest and one to the head. Kazakh investigators refuse to rule out suicide. Police said there was no evidence of a break-in.
"As long as the investigation is not over, we cannot exclude either version: murder or suicide," Turkishpress.com quoted Interior Minister Barujan Mukhamedjanov telling journalists.
On Thursday his widow Makpal Zhunusova called a news conference during which she showed reporters what she and her lawyer said was an illegal listening device, which she found hidden in her dwelling the previous day. Zhunusova said that she believed that police agents searching her house earlier in the week probably planted the bugging device.
Nurkadilov had served as a parliamentary deputy, administrative head for Almaty and the surrounding region, and head of the government's emergency situations department. In March 2004 he suddenly accused the administration of President Nursultan Nazabayev of massive corruption, and was gathering information on the first family to support allegations that they had illegally acquired many state properties and enterprises.