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Hungarian Court Rejects Tycoon

April 6, 2000

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ The Hungarian Supreme Court has rejected a fugitive Russian tycoon’s application for refugee status, his lawyer said Thursday.

Anatoly Bykov was arrested on the Yugoslav-Hungary border last October on an international warrant for money laundering, arms trafficking and murder.

Bykov, the head of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant, had been a close ally of Siberia’s governor, Alexander Lebed, and reportedly helped finance his campaign for Krasnoyarsk governor last year. They later became bitter rivals and he fled last April.

Bykov’s lawyer, Peter Zamecsnik, told the state news agency MTI that the high court’s ruling is final and that Hungarian Justice Minister Ibolya David now has to decide whether to extradite Bykov to Russia. Russian authorities made the extradition request in November 1999.

``If Hungary extradites him, it will surely do so on the basis of a Russian pledge that he will not be executed,″ senior Justice Ministry official Lipot Hoeltzl said.

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