June 14 2010
A FUGITIVE on Interpol’s most wanted list has been arrested after a top secret swoop by the UK Border Agency.
Maksim Bakiyev — the son of a deposed president — vanished from his native country, Kyrgyzstan, more than two months ago but he was arrested at a tiny Home Counties airport yesterday.Bakiyev — whose father is former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev — was arrested moments after flying into the UK to seek asylum, sources said today.
He was captured by UK Border Agency officials after touching down at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire in a privately hired jet.
Bakiyev — who headed Kyrgyzstan’s Agency for Investment and Economic Development before his father’s regime was overthrown — was charged with embezzlement and abuse of power by his country’s new government.
The wherabouts of the 33-year-old have not been known since anti-Government protesters clashed with security forces in the north-western city of Talas on April 6.
He was on a flight to the United States for an official visit to Washington but did not turn up for his meetings.
The UK Border Agency would not confirm if the arrest had been made due to data protection, but other sources said Bakiyev had ordered a private car to take him from the airfield — which is mainly used by business jet companies.
Kyrgyzstan’s Prosecutor-General’s Office claim that last year Bakiyev illegally transferred at least $35million of a $300 million Russian loan to accounts at several banks under his control.
He and his business associates allegedly used the rest of the Russian loan to buy and sell shares on foreign stock exchanges. Source