Asylum Seeker Extradited to Russia Despite Protests by Rights Watchdogs

Slovak authorities have actually extradited an asylum applicant from the Russian Caucasus area of Ingushetia to Russia, the Justice Ministry claimed on Wednesday, regardless of protests by civil liberties guard dogs and a UN Human Rights Committee judgment.

Aslan Yandiev had actually been held in custodianship in Slovakia since 2011 on a Russian warrant for participation in a collection of bomb assaults in 2006 in Vladikavkaz, Russia’s FSB security service stated in a declaration.

Yandiev first requested asylum in Slovakia under a false name in 2008 after fleeing Ingushetia, stating he had actually been tortured into confessing to terrorism-related criminal activities, his attorney Lukas Opett informed Reuters.

The asylum treatment has not been legally closed yet, that makes his extradition unlawful, Opett claimed, including he had actually not been able to contact his client given that Friday and was not officially educated concerning the extradition.

Slovakia’s Justice Ministry stated in a statement it went through with the extradition on Tuesday, one day prior to the 60-day period given that the preacher okayed in May expired.

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“If Slovakia had not extradited Yandiev on Tuesday, it would certainly have had to launch him from jail. That would pose a protection danger given that he’s desired for terrorism costs in Russia,” the ministry stated.

Bratislava-based legal rights watchdogs Human Rights League and also Amnesty International Slovakia opposed versus the extradition, claiming it breached an initial judgment by the UN Human Rights Committee in June that banned Slovakia from extraditing Yandiev.

“Yandiev encounters threat of torture and other ill-treatment in Russia,” Amnesty International Slovakia said.

The ministry based its decision on an earlier judgment by the European Court for Human Rights, which in May refused to issue a comparable ban.

Russia offered assurances to educate Slovakia on Yandiev’s whereabouts and enable him to meet representatives of the Slovak embassy, the ministry included.

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