Asylum Seeker Extradited to Russia Despite Protests by Rights Watchdogs

Slovak authorities have actually extradited an asylum seeker from the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia to Russia, the Justice Ministry stated on Wednesday, despite objections by rights watchdogs and a UN Human Rights Committee judgment.

Aslan Yandiev had been held in wardship in Slovakia because 2011 on a Russian warrant for involvement in a collection of bomb attacks in 2006 in Vladikavkaz, Russia’s FSB protection service claimed in a declaration.

Yandiev initially requested for asylum in Slovakia under a false name in 2008 after fleeing Ingushetia, stating he had actually been hurt into admitting to terrorism-related criminal activities, his lawyer Lukas Opett informed Reuters.

The asylum procedure has actually not been lawfully shut yet, which makes his extradition unlawful, Opett claimed, including he had not had the ability to contact his customer considering that Friday and was not formally educated regarding the extradition.

Slovakia’s Justice Ministry claimed in a statement it completed the extradition on Tuesday, one day before the 60-day period given that the minister okayed in May ran out.

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«If Slovakia had actually not extradited Yandiev on Tuesday, it would have had to release him from jail. That would certainly present a security threat considered that he’s desired for terrorism charges in Russia,» the ministry claimed.

Bratislava-based civil liberties watchdogs Human Rights League and also Amnesty International Slovakia opposed against the extradition, stating it went against an initial judgment by the UN Human Rights Committee in June that banned Slovakia from extraditing Yandiev.

«Yandiev encounters threat of abuse and also various other ill-treatment in Russia,» Amnesty International Slovakia claimed.

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

Russia provided warranties to educate Slovakia on Yandiev’s whereabouts and also enable him to meet representatives of the Slovak consular office, the ministry added.

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