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UK court rejects Russian extradition bid for former Yukos executive

[JURIST] A court in London ruled Friday that the former Vice-President of crippled Russian oil-giant Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive], Aleksander Temerko, currently living in Britain, cannot be extradited to Russia, saying that he would likely not receive a fair trial there. Temerko became Vice-President of Yukos in 2003 after former owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to eight years in jail on charges of fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors in Russia have claimed that Temerko took part in defrauding a state oil company. A number of experts who testified during Temerko's hearing concluded that the charges against Yukos are politically motivated; Temerko has publicly stated that the Yukos charges are an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] to silence his political opposition. Russian legal counsel in London are considering appealing the extradition denial. BBC News has more.

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