Former Kyrgyz President Akayev’s son-in-law detained in Dubai

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Adil Toiganbayev, the son-in-law of former Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, has been detained in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the request of Kyrgyz authorities.

A Kyrgyz Interior Ministry spokesman told KyrTAG information agency on March 23 that Kyrgyz authorities will take all the necessary measures for Toiganbayev’s extradition to Kyrgyzstan.  

“The General Prosecutor’s Office will be working on the extradition… All the necessary measures will be taken for his extradition to Kyrgyzstan. Back in 2014 Toiganbayev was detained in Russia at Interpol’s request. Then the issue of extradition was not decided, because the Russian side did not give its permission,” the spokesman said.  

Toiganbayev, a 50-year-old Kazakh national, is the husband of Akayev’s elder daughter Bermet Akayeva. Before March 2005 he controlled several media and business enterprises in Kyrgyzstan and was among the country’s richest people.  

Toiganbayev is wanted in Kyrgyzstan for alleged tax evasion and financial fraud.

In 2013, authorities in Kazakhstan detained Toiganbayev at Interpol’s request but refused to extradite him to Kyrgyzstan, saying they do not extradite Kazakh citizens to foreign countries, RFE/RL reported.

Toiganbayev’s father-in-law, Akayev, a 71-year-old scientist turned politician, has lived in Moscow since he was ousted in the wake of anti-government protests in March 2005. He is wanted by Kyrgyz authorities for alleged corruption.

Sergey Kwan

TCA