Swiss to extradite former Russian nuclear minister home rather than to US

[JURIST] Switzerland's Supreme Court [official website, in German] Thursday overturned a lower court ruling [JURIST report] and decided to extradite former Russian nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive] to Russia, rather than to the US, where he has been indicted for diverting $9 million [JURIST report] in US Department of Energy aid money designed to improve nuclear safety to his personal business. Adamov was indicted by a Pittsburgh grand jury in May on charges of conspiracy to transfer stolen money and securities, conspiracy to defraud the US, money laundering and tax evasion. The Swiss Supreme Court reasoned that Adamov should be tried in Russia because he is a Russian citizen and his crimes were committed there. Adamov, who has been in prison since his arrest [JURIST report] 8 months ago, was reportedly "delighted and satisfied" with the ruling. AP has more.



 

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