The Straits Times
Published on Oct 13, 2012

US asks Britain to extradite Kyrgyz ex-president's son


BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (REUTERS) - The United States said on Saturday it had asked Britain to extradite the arrested son of Kyrgyzstan's fugitive ex-president on fraud charges.

The Kyrgyz president's office said Maxim Bakiyev, son of the country's former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, had been arrested in London on Friday at the request of Kyrgyzstan and the US.

British police said the 34-year-old Bakiyev was arrested by extradition officers on the request of US authorities, who wanted to question him for his alleged involvement in fraud. He had voluntarily visited a police station in central London by appointment.

"The United States has requested the extradition of Mr Bakiyev from the United Kingdom to face trial in US federal court on serious charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice," the US embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek said in a statement. "If convicted, Mr Bakiyev could face a lengthy prison sentence."