Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

“Extraditions Issues Are Purely Prerogative Of Foreign Countries’ Courts”

Posted by Info on 27/09/2010

The head of Interpol’s office in Russia, Timur Lakhonin said that the Interpol will continue to keep tabs on the movements of Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, wanted on terrorist charges by Russia. Interpol’s position is to find and identify where Zakayev is and to detain him, Ronald K. Noble said at a press-conference in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg.

“Zakayev remains on the Interpol wanted list. Extraditions issues are purely the prerogative of foreign countries’ courts.”

Zakayev, who was recently in Poland to attend a Chechen congress, was freed by a Warsaw district court on the evening of September 18, several hours after he was arrested at Russia’s request.
Zakayev, who took part in the first Chechen war and allegedly led attacks on federal forces, was placed on an international wanted list by Russia in 2001 but was granted political asylum by Britain in 2003. Russia has repeatedly asked Britain to extradite him, but the request has invariably been denied.

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