Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian INTERPOL Search For 1500 Including Alleged 110 Terrorist Suspect

Posted by Info on 01/07/2010

Russia’s law enforcement officials continue to insist on terrorist Akhmed Zakayev’s extradition from Great Britain in spite the British courts had decided to grant Zakayev refugee status.

In the first six months of this year Russia reported 150 individuals were wanted and accused in and charged with various crimes. Today, the total number of Russians, on the wanted list of INTERPOL is 1,480 people. Of them, 338 people are wanted for murder, 352 for fraud, 110 for involvement in terrorist activities ….

The head of the INTERPOL office in Russia Lakhonin :.. this year, already 22 people have been extradited. However, certain problems exist in cooperation of international law enforcement agencies. ..extradition rate of criminals at the Russian request is obstructed by the lack of a contractual base and a double-standard policy, which is often applied by countries harboring Russian citizens with an international warrant for their arrest.
“This year, we were refused the extradition of seven people.”

“Germany failed to extradite two individuals, charged with robbery, and France and Belgium: one each. There, our compatriots were wanted for fraud, and extradition was refused due to expiration of the statute of limitations in criminal cases. Meanwhile, Lithuania refused to surrender two individuals accused of terrorist activity because they were granted refugee status by the country.

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