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Court rejects Chechen extradition

A London court has rejected a Russian request for the extradition of Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev. The court accepted a plea by lawyers for Mr Zakayev that he would not get a fair trial – and could even could face torture – in Russia. “It would be unjust and oppressive to return Mr Zakayev to Russia,” Judge Timothy Workman ruled on Thursday. Moscow responded by accusing the court of double standards and trying to politicise a criminal case. Mr Zakayev has been accused of a range of crimes including kidnap, taking part in the murder of Russian soldiers and levying war. Full Story

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