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Former Kyrgyz President's Son-In-Law Detained In Dubai

BISHKEK -- The son-in-law of former Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev has been detained in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on Bishkek's request.

Kyrgyz Interior Ministry spokesman told RFE/RL on March 23 that Adil Toighanbaev's extradition to Kyrgyzstan is currently under consideration.

Toighanbaev, a 50-year-old Kazakh national, is the husband of Akaev's daughter Bermet Akaeva. He is wanted in Kyrgyzstan for alleged tax evasion and financial fraud.

In 2013, authorities in Kazakhstan detained Toighanbaev at Interpol's request but refused to extradite him to Kyrgyzstan, saying they do not extradite Kazakh citizens to foreign countries.

Toighanbaev's father-in-law, Akaev, a 71-year-old scientist turned politician, has lived in Moscow since he was forced from public office in the wake of antigovernment protests in March 2005.

Akaev is wanted by Kyrgyz authorities for alleged corruption.

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