Russia accuses US of 'kidnapping' extradited Russian pilot

21st July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia accused the United States of "kidnapping" a Russian pilot extradited from Liberia in a cocaine smuggling case, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The detention in May of cargo-plane pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko by US anti-narcotics police from Liberia to be jailed in New York "directly violates the norms of international law", the ministry said in a statement.

"Effectively, we are talking about the kidnapping of a Russian citizen in a third country," it said, complaining that US authorities did not inform the Russian embassy about Yaroshenko's detention.

Seven people including one Russian were arrested in Liberia on May 28 on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges and deported to the US after drug enforcement officials caught them with 4,000 kilos (8,800 pounds) of cocaine.

© 2010 AFP

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