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Turkey Extradites Kazakhstan's Former Antidrug Czar

ASTANA -- Turkey has extradited Kazakhstan's former antidrug czar who has been charged with abuse of power, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Asqar Isagaliev, who headed Kazakhstan's Committee for the Fight Against Illegal Drugs in 2008-09, was detained in Antalya on January 9. Bilateral talks about his extradition had continued until he was extradited on July 20.

Isagaliev is facing charges of abuse of power resulting from a tender organized by his office in March 2006 for the construction of six checkpoints on Kazakhstan's borders with other Central Asian countries.

The private company Aydar Qurylys Consulting won the tender and built the checkpoints. Investigators say the facilities turned out to be of such poor quality that they cannot be used.

The Kazakh Prosecutor-General Office's press service told journalists today that Isagaliev is being held at the National Security Committee's preliminary detention center in Astana.