Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Chechen Separatist Leader Zakayev Detained In Warsaw But Walks Free

Posted by Info on 18/09/2010

In 2002, British authorities granted political asylum to Zakayev and he currently lives in London. He came to Warsaw to take part in the World Congress of Chechen People.

Zakayev was detained in Warsaw while on his way to the Polish prosecutor’s office to present materials relating to a Russian extradition request for him on terrorist charges. Moscow wants Zakayev to return to Russia to face terrorism, murder, kidnapping and other charges and prosecutors said following his arrest that they were preparing an extradition request.
But he walked out of a Polish court on Friday evening several hours after he was arrested at Russia’s request. Polish prosecutors asked the Warsaw District Court to extend Zakayev’s arrest for 40 days but their petition was rejected.

Russia placed Zakayev on the international wanted list in 2001. Russia has repeatedly asked Britain to extradite him, but the request has invariably been refused.

“Zakayev practices a democratic religion, calls for secularism and prefers laws established by people to the law of Allah.

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