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UK-based Chechen leader arrested

A UK-based Chechen separatist leader has been released by a court after being arrested during an international conference in Poland.

Ahmad Zakayev, who lives in London after being granted asylum in Britain, now faces demands that he be extradited to Russia, where he is wanted over allegations of murder, kidnapping and terrorism during Chechnya's separatist war in the 1990s.

Mr Zakayev was arrested in Warsaw, where he was attending an international conference on Chechnya. He was released by a Warsaw regional court tonight pending a decision on his extradition.

Adam Borowski, organiser of the conference, said Mr Zakayev will have to stay in Poland until a decision is made.

A Home Office spokeswoman said it could not confirm nor deny the extradition request.

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