Finland receives Ukraine’s request: we cannot accept it

The Finnish Supreme Court has ruled that Finland will not extradite Vojislav Torden, also known as Jan Petrovski, to Ukraine. He is suspected of terrorist crimes in eastern Ukraine, reports the Yle portal.

According to the Supreme Court, Finland cannot accept his extradition due to the conditions of detention in Ukrainian prisons. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that they violated the third article of the European Convention on Human Rights.

According to this article, no one may be subjected to torture or inhuman treatment or be punished in a manner that degrades human dignity.

The ECHR identified as problems the overcrowding of Ukrainian prisons, as well as various material deficiencies recorded in several prisons in the country.

According to the Supreme Court of Finland, if Torden is extradited to Ukraine, he will be subjected to degrading treatment.

The court’s decision was first reported by the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

Torden on July 20 this year. Finnish border guards arrested him at Helsinki airport, from where he was going to fly to Nice.

July 21 The Helsinki District Court decided to arrest Torden under the Aliens Act. Jan Petrovski was previously banned from entering the EU, but he changed his name and was able to enter Finland with new documents.

Ukraine asked Finland to extradite Torden on August 15.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said the country’s special services had been trying to arrest Torden since 2016, and in 2017 a search was announced for him.

The Russian is suspected of participating in the activities of a terrorist group in 2014-2015 and otherwise supporting the terrorist group in eastern Ukraine, in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to the prosecutor of the Luhansk region, the man participated in clashes in 2014 as a member of the neo-Nazi group Rusič, specializing in sabotage and intelligence.

The Finnish Supreme Court ruled that there was no longer any reason to keep Torden in detention and ordered his release.

Source: The Delfi

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