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14 Jun, 2010 22:46

Kyrgyz authorities claim ousted president Bakiyev's son detained in UK

Kyrgyz authorities have confirmed the detention of Maksim Bakiyev, son of the country’s ex-president and one of Interpol’s most wanted, reports the Kyrgyz news agency AKI Press.

The head of the national security service, Keneshbek Duishebayev, said that Maksim Bakiyev was detained by border guards as the private jet carrying him landed at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom, reports AKI Press.

British authorities have refused to comment so far.

The British newspaper The Sun earlier reported Maksim Bakiyev was detained moments after flying into the country to seek asylum.

In Bishkek, Maksim Bakiyev is wanted on charges of fraud and abuse of power. Before the change of power in Kyrgyzstan, he was the head of the Kyrgyz Central Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation.

"You know, he has been charged on a number of counts and put on the international wanted list through Interpol,” AKI press quoted Duishebayev as saying. “In particular, he is charged with embezzlement of a $300 million loan from Russia.”

The official also said that Kyrgyz authorities are going to demand the extradition of Maksim Bakiyev, but that it will take some time because of legal procedures.

Maksim Bakiyev has been widely named as the person orchestrating unrest in Kyrgyzstan after a tape allegedly featuring a telephone conversation between him and his uncle Zhanyshbek Bakiyev, the former head of the State Guard Service, was leaked over the Internet. The two men were allegedly plotting violence in the country in order to retain power.