Adamov remains in Swiss custody

Publish date: August 12, 2005

Former Russian atomic energy minister Yevgeny Adamov, who is accused of fraud, must remain in Swiss custody pending a decision on his extradition, Swissinfo news agency reported yesterday.

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Thursday turned down two appeals by Adamov to be set free. Adamov, who has been in detention since May, is the subject of two extradition requests―one from the US and the other from Russia. Adamov is accused by the United States of laundering some $9m in nuclear remediation funding sent by Washington to Russia between 1993 and 2003. The court in Bellinzona also ruled that there was no evidence to suggest that the US proceedings had been initiated for political reasons, the agency reported. Regarding the Russian extradition request, the court’s judges found that Adamov had no immunity on Swiss territory. It is now up to the Federal Court in Lausanne, which is Switzerland’s supreme body, to make a basic ruling on the two extradition demands.