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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bykov Plea Rejected

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The Hungarian Supreme Court has rejected the application for refugee status of fugitive Russian tycoon Anatoly Bykov, his lawyer said Thursday.

Peter Zamecsnik told the state news agency MTI that the ruling is final and Hungarian Justice Minister Ibolya David has to decide on Bykov's extradition requested by the Russian authorities in November 1999.

David said she hasn't received the ruling, and will decide after receipt.

Bykov had been the head of the Krasnoyarsk Alumina Plant, and a close ally of Siberia's governor, Alexander Lebed. They later became bitter rivals.

He was arrested on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border in October 1999 on the basis of an international warrant for money laundering, arms trafficking and murder.