Kyrgyzstan Decries Dismissal of U.S. Case Against BakiyevChristie Smythe
Kyrgyzstan is “disappointed” with the dismissal of a U.S. criminal case against the son of ousted former leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, a spokesman for the Central Asian country’s government said.
Maksim Bakiyev, 35, was set to face an extradition proceeding in the U.K. on May 13 for U.S. charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and obstruction of justice.
On May 9, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn, New York, said the case against Maksim Bakiyev had been dismissed without providing a reason. A spokesman for the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed May 9 that the U.S. dropped its extradition bid.
“We have been disappointed with the U.S. decision to drop the case against Maksim Bakiyev,” Kadyr Toktogulov, a spokesman for Kyrgyzstan’s current regime, said yesterday in a statement. “We have been seeking clear explanation from the U.S. government on their decision as we don’t understand reasons behind it.”
Maksim Bakiyev, who headed a development agency in Kyrgyzstan under his father’s regime, has been living in the U.K. since fleeing the Central Asian nation after an April 2010 coup. Both the elder and younger Bakiyev were found guilty of corruption and other crimes in Kyrgyzstan and were sentenced in absentia this year to jail terms.
The elder Bakiyev was given refuge in Belarus after the coup.
The U.S. hasn’t made public the charges against Maksim Bakiyev in court records. An Oct. 13 statement by the U.S. embassy in Kyrgyzstan cited the alleged crimes and the government’s effort to extradite him.
In April 2012, Brooklyn federal prosecutors filed a case against Taiyyib Ali Munir, U.K. man, accusing him of aiding a former “high-level government official” of an unidentified Central Asian country in an insider-trading scheme from 2010 to 2011
Munir was initially accused in a criminal complaint of passing inside tips about Global Industries Ltd., Tyco International Ltd. and InterMune Inc. as part of the scheme. He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced in January by U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein to time served, which was less than a month in U.S. custody.
In December, the spokesman, Toktogulov, said his country was providing information to American officials as part of the U.S. extradition effort and hoped to make the U.S. aware of Bakiyev’s alleged crimes in Kyrgyzstan.
“Whatever happens, we will also be making efforts on our own to bring Maksim Bakiyev to justice,” Toktogulov said yesterday, adding that the country has “no extradition agreement with the U.K. but we will still be making the case to them.”
A lawyer for Maksim Bakiyev in the U.K., Michael O’Kane, didn’t immediately respond to two phone calls and an e-mail seeking comment.
The Munir case is U.S. v. Munir, 1:12-cr-00648, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).
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