Slovakia extradites terrorist linked to Basayev gang to Russia

Slovakia extradites terrorist linked to Basayev gang to Russia

Bratislava has extradited Aslan Yandiyev to Russia, a gang member linked to deceased Chechen militant commander, Shamil Basayev, the Public Relations Center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

"The wanted individual was involved in organizing and committing a string of headline-making terrorist attacks using high-powered improvised explosive devices in a city park and entertainment center in Vladikavkaz, which resulted in civilian casualties," TASS cited the Public Relations Center as saying.

According to the FSB, Yandiyev evaded criminal prosecution by absconding from the country in 2010 using a fake passport and attempted to legalize his status in Switzerland, the Netherlands and other European countries.

"In 2011, he was detained in Slovakia on the basis of the information provided by Russia. To prevent (his) extradition, the defendant tried to appeal against the decision to extradite him to Russia through his defense attorneys for seven years, arguing that the charges against him were unsubstantiated," the FSB said.

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