Swiss court: arrest of former Russian energy minister legal

Swiss court: arrest of former Russian energy minister legal

[JURIST] A court in Switzerland ruled Thursday that the arrest [JURIST report] of former Russian Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Wikipedia profile] complied with the law. A source at the Russian embassy in Bern said both the US and Russian requests for Adamov's extradition were also found to be legal. Adamov, formerly in charge of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) [NTI backgrounder], was arrested in May 2005 in Bern, Switzerland under a US warrant on charges of fraud and money laundering. He has been accused of diverting $9 million dollars in funds provided by the US Energy Department [official website] for improving Russian's nuclear security to various investment projects and US firms he controls. The Swiss Federal Justice Directorate will decide in the coming months whether to deport Adamov to Russia or the US. MosNews has more.