Polish police arrest exiled Chechen separatist leader

22:58, September 17, 2010      

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Ahmed Zakayev, head of the Chechen government in exile and wanted by Russia under an international arrest warrant, was detained by Polish police Friday morning and transported to Warsaw Prosecutor's Office, the PAP news agency reported.

Zakayev was due to attend a meeting of the World Congress of the Chechen Nation in Pultusk, north of Warsaw on Friday.

Honorary consul of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Adam Borowski said he did not believe Poland would extradite Zakayev to Russia, which accuses Zakayev of terrorism.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Friday morning said that Poland would be taking decisions regarding Zakayev with consideration for Poland's interests.

Meanwhile the Warsaw Prosecutor's Office said it had received a Russian motion for the temporary arrest of Zakayev.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it was closely observing the situation and was in close contact with Polish authorities.

Zakayev was granted political asylum by British authorities in 2002 and currently resides in London. Russia issued an arrest warrant for Zakayev in 2001, accusing him of terrorist activities.

Source: Xinhua


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