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Kyrgyzstan: Maxim Bakiyev Faces Prolonged Legal Battle in West

Legal pressure is building on Maxim Bakiyev, the son of Kyrgyzstan's former president.

Shortly after Bakiyev was detained in Great Britain on October 12, the American Embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek issued a statement saying the US government is seeking his extradition to "face trial in US federal court on serious charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice."

An affidavit, filed in April in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and obtained by EurasiaNet.org, identifies "a high level government official" from a "Central Asian country" as "co-conspirator #1" in an insider trading case involving US securities. The affidavit does not name the particular Central Asian state in question, but it does assert that the government of said state was "overthrown in a coup in April 2010." As a result, co-conspirator #1 "fled to England."

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan: Maxim Bakiyev Faces Prolonged Legal Battle in West

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