Source Pravda.Ru

Akhmed Zakayev is still internationally wanted

Despite the fact that Chechen separatists' emissary Akhmed Zakayev has been released from custody, he is still internationally wanted, the Russian national bureau at Interpol told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The Russian bureau acts on the basis of the Russian Prosecutor General's decision and is only an instrument, a connecting link between different Interpol member-states' law enforcement bodies, according to an agency spokesman.

"Proceeding from the legal norms, Zakayev must be detained in any Interpol member-state he might come to," the agency spokesman pointed out.

On Tuesday the Danish Justice ministry's high-ranking official Jakob Scharf announced that Denmark's authorities had taken a decision not to extradite the Chechen emissary to Russia. "The evidence provided by the Russian side is not sufficient," the Danish Justice ministry stated.

Scharf said that on Tuesday Denmark's Foreign Ministry had sent for Russia's ambassador Nikolai Boruzha and informed him on the grounds for the Danish authorities' decision.

Scharf confirmed that Zakayev had already been relieved, but refused to reveal his current location.

On October 30th Zakayev was arrested by Copenhagen's police in compliance with the international detention warrant, supplied by the Russian authorities. A day later Moscow requested Denmark to extradite the Chechen separatist emissary. The Russian authorities provided the Danish side with certain evidence proving Zakayev's involvement in criminal activity since 1996 to 1999.

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