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France extradites kidnapper to Russia

February 05, 19:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Maxim Khan is accused of complicity to kidnapping a person in Moscow in November 2015
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MOSCOW, February 5 /TASS/. France has extradited to Russia a man accused of complicity to abducting a businessman’s son, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry told TASS on Friday.

Employees of the Russia-based Interpol office have escorted Maxim Khan from France to Russia to face trial for a crime committed by a group of persons in 2015.

"Maxim Khan accused of complicity to kidnapping a person in Moscow in November 2015 has been extradited from France to Russia," the Russian Interior Ministry press center said.

"The kidnappers demanded a $7.2 million dollar ransom from the kidnapped son’s mother," the press center said in a report.

"From November 2005 to March 2006 Kan sent Interent messages to the kidnapped man’s mother with the help of a friend who was unaware of Kan’s criminal intentions. He also handed over videos in which he threatened to use violence against the man and demanded ransom," the prosecutors said.

In Russia, Kan is facing charges of complicity to abducting a person for mercenary motives and complicity to extortion committed by an organized group for the purpose of obtaining property in huge amount.

In February 2007, Russia issued a federal and international arrest warrant for Kan who had fled from justice.

In 2008, Interpol put Khan on its international wanted list on charges of abduction and extortion at Russia’s request.

In 2011, Kan simulated his death in Paraguay but was detained in France in July 2012.

In August 2012, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office sent an extradition request to the French Justice Ministry, which satisfied it in January 2016.

Kan was extradited to Moscow on February 5, 2016.

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