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Chechen fights extradition

Akhmed Zakayev, the top negotiator of the last elected Chechen government, faced a real risk of being “unfairly tried, disappeared, tortured or killed” in Russia if Britain sent him back there, a London court was told yesterday. As extradition proceedings began at Bow Street magistrates court, Mr Zakayev’s defence lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said Russia’s charges against him were the product of “fabrication, intimidation and the rewriting of history”. The former actor and culture minister in Aslan Maskhadov’s government, who went underground after Russia sent troops to Grozny in 1999, was arrested in London in December. The actor Vanessa Redgrave paid his £50,000 bail. Full Story

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