Britain 'would consider' Kyrgyz request for Bakiyev's son

17th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain would consider a request to extradite the son of Kyrgyzstan's ousted president, accused of instigating deadly riots, even if there is no such treaty between the countries, officials said Thursday.

The Home Office refused to say whether Kyrgyzstan was seeking the return of Maxim Bakiyev, 32, who arrived in Britain Sunday as inter-ethnic riots raged in his home country, killing at least 191 people.

A spokesman said there was no extradition treaty with the former Soviet country but told AFP: "Under certain circumstances we would consider a request... there are provisions in place."

A statement from the UK Border Agency, a unit of the Home Office which deals with immigration, confirmed Bakiyev's arrival in Britain.

"On 13 June a 32-year-old man was questioned by UK Border Agency staff after arriving at Farnborough airport without the necessary documentation to enter the UK. We are not able to comment further on this case," it said.

Bakiyev, nicknamed "the Prince" for his penchant for luxury, is the son of former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was toppled in violent street protests in April and subsequently fled the country.

The interim authorities in Bishkek have accused him of being an instigator of last week's violence, while he also faces criminal charges related to his former position as head of the agency that controls state assets and loans.

The interim authorities said Tuesday they had requested his extradition.

In April he was charged with transferring at least 35 million dollars of a 300-million-dollar state loan from Russia to a number of bank accounts.

He is also being investigated by the interim Kyrgyz government for possible corrupt business practices related to fuel supply contracts he handled for a US airbase, key for military operations in Afghanistan.

© 2010 AFP

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