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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Kazakh Leader Free




MOSCOW -- Kazakhstan prosecutors have dropped a warrant for the arrest of an ex-prime minister and prominent opposition leader who was detained in Moscow at Kazakhstan's request, officials said Wednesday.


Akezhan Kazhegeldin, Kazakhstan's prime minister from 1994 to 1997, was hospitalized with heart trouble immediately after he was arrested Friday at Sheremetyevo Airport. He had flown in from London.


Kazakhstan asked Moscow to extradite Kazhegeldin, who is accused of fraud and tax evasion.


But the warrant for Kazhegeldin's arrest was revoked after he promised to return home and show up for questioning, Kazakh prosecutors said Wednesday, Interfax reported.


Kazhegeldin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and accused President Nursultan Nazarbayev's government of political persecution against him.