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Swiss court says arrested ex-Russian minister must stay in prison

[JURIST] A federal court in Lausanne, Switzerland ruled Friday that former Russian nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov [Wikipedia profile] must remain in a Swiss prison pending hearings on an extradition request from Russia, overruling a decision [Bellona report] two weeks ago ordering his release. Switzerland's Supreme Court [official website, in German] held that "in extradition procedures, the incarceration of the person sought is the rule, from which only exceptional cases should deviate." Adamov was Russia's atomic energy minister from 1998 to 2001, when he was accused of corruption. Adamov faces fraud charges in Russia and may also face extradition to the US [MosNews report], where he is charged with embezzling $9 million [JURIST report] designated for nuclear safety upgrades in Russia. He was arrested in Bern in May on a US warrant. Swiss Info has local coverage.

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