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Arrest warrant issued for former Kyrgyz PM

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov announced Monday that he had issued an international arrest warrant for former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev [official profile], believed to be hiding in Moscow, Russia after fleeing there following the April ouster of the Krygyz government after popular protests [JURIST report] after a disputed election. Beknazarov said that he had sufficient evidence to seek a conviction against Tanaev for illegally transferring state funds to a private construction company owned by Tanaev's son. Beknazarov announced that an extradition request had been sent to the Russian government in case Tanaev turned up in the country. Tanaev could face up to eight years incarceration if convicted. Radio Free Europe has more.

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