08/27/2015 11:17 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Extradition hearing postponed for former Centerra Gold CEO detained in Bulgaria

TORONTO — The wife of former Centerra Gold CEO Leonard Homeniuk says a hearing to determine whether to extradite him to Kyrgyzstan has been postponed to give that country more time to submit evidence.

Marina Stephens says her husband will return to house arrest in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he has been held for much of the last month after being arrested on an Interpol warrant on July 27 during a family vacation.

An extract of an Interpol red notice posted online says Homeniuk is wanted by Kyrgyzstan on charges of involvement in corruption.

Homeniuk was Centerra Gold's first CEO in 2004 after the company was spun off from Saskatchewan-based uranium miner Cameco Corp. to manage the Kumtor gold mine project in Kyrgyzstan.

A spokesman for Centerra Gold has said the allegations relate to Homeniuk's dealings with Kyrgyz officials in 2003 and 2004.

John Pearson has said there were no illegal transactions and Kyrgyzstan has not provided the company with evidence to support the accusations.

Stephens says the allegations have no basis in fact and the evidence submitted by the Kyrgyz government to the hearing is not enough to support an extradition.

She says the next hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 16.

The Canadian Press

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