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Adamov compensation claim rejected

A Swiss court has rejected a compensation claim from Russia's former nuclear minister Yevgeny Adamov.

Adamov was arrested in May 2005 on a United States warrant while visiting his daughter in the Swiss capital, Bern. He was then imprisoned in Switzerland for eight months before being extradited to his homeland.

US justice officials accused him of diverting up to $9 million (SFr10.2 million) from funds intended to improve Russian nuclear security into private projects in the US, Ukraine and Russia.

After a US-Russia legal battle, Switzerland extradited the nuclear scientist to Moscow in December 2005. The Kremlin has since charged Adamov with abuse of power and fraud and he faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.

On Tuesday, the Swiss Criminal Court rejected Adamov's request for SFr1.17 million ($1.03 million) in compensation for his incarceration.

"The extradition detention was justified. Therefore, he will not obtain compensation," said Folco Galli from the justice ministry.


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