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Russian Denial Of Tajik Extradition Upheld

(RFE/RL) October 2, 2006 -- Russia's Supreme court today upheld a lower court's decision to deny the extradition of former Tajik Trade Minister Habibullo Nasrulloev to his home country.

The Moscow City Court ruled on August 21 against sending Nasrulloev back to Tajikistan, where he is wanted on several charges he denies.

However, the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office appealed against that ruling.

Nasrulloev's lawyer, Anna Stavitskaya, told the Supreme Court today her client was wanted in his home country "for political reasons."

In 2003, Nasrulloev was arrested in Russia on a Tajik arrest warrant. He was released in August after spending three years in jail.

Tajik prosecutors say Nasrulloev was involved in a civil war-era plot to overthrow President Imomali Rakhmonov. Other charges brought against him include high treason, murder, and membership in an armed group.

(Ekho Moskvy, Interfax, RIA Novosti)