Georgia refuses to extradite deserter to Russia

Politics Materials 7 July 2009 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Jul.7 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /

The Georgian Justice Ministry has refused to extradite deserter Alexander Glukhov to Russia. According to the Justice Ministry, Russian Prosecutor General's Office appealed to the Georgian Justice Ministry through diplomatic channels to extradite Glukhov.

Georgia received a formal petition through the Swiss Embassy in Georgia, which defends the interests of Russia.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office accuses Glukhov in desertertion.

The Georgian Refugees and Accommodation Ministry granted Glukhov's request and issued him a refugee status before Russia's request. Moreover, according to Article 33 of the Geneva Conference of 1951 on the status of refugee, Georgia holds an obligation not to extradite a person to the State, where he faces any prosecution. In this connection the Georgian Justice Ministry refused to grant the application of Russian Prosecutor General's Office on Glukhov's extradition, the Georgian Justice Ministry reported.

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