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Latvia Rejects Kyrgyz Extradition Request

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz officials say Latvia has refused to extradite an official from ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev's government wanted for alleged financial crimes, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General Office's spokesman Talant Konokbaev told RFE/RL that Latvian authorities said they granted Aleksei Yeliseyev refugee status on February 4 and will not extradite him.

Yeliseyev is the former head of Kyrgyzstan's Development, Investments, and Innovations Fund.

Konokbaev said the Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office has sent another request to Latvia requesting that they review their decision not to extradite Yeliseyev.

Yeliseyev fled Kyrgyzstan after violent antigovernment protests in Bishkek toppled Bakiev in April. Kyrgyzstan's interim government officially requested Yeliseyev's extradition in July.

He is wanted by Kyrgyz officials for alleged financial crimes and abuse of his official position.

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