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Court orders release of separatist

A Polish court has ordered the release of a Chechen separatist leader pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Russia.

The decision by a Warsaw regional court came hours after Ahmad Zakayev - one of Russia's most wanted men - was arrested in Poland on Russian charges of murder, kidnapping and terrorism during Chechnya's separatist war in the 1990s.

Zakayev, who was granted asylum in Britain years ago, was in Warsaw to attend an international conference on Chechnya.

Adam Borowski, conference organiser, said the court decision means Zakayev will stay in Poland until courts have decided whether he can be extradited to Russia.

Zakayev said the accusations against him are made up.

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