Belarusian authorities seeking extradition of NEXTA founders

The head of the international legal department of the Investigative Committee, Mikhail Vavula. Photo: SB

The head of the international legal department of the Investigative Committee, Mikhail Vavula, recently told the SB that the Investigative Committee had sent documents for the extradition of Stsyapan Putsila and Raman Pratasevich to Poland through the Prosecutor General.

Mikhail Vavula says that the Belarusian authorities have an international agreement with this country on legal assistance in criminal cases, which also regulates the issue of extradition:

“We’ll see to what extent this state will perform its international obligations on the extradition of persons prosecuted by the Belarusian Investigative Committee.

On a side note, Mikhail Vavula said: “I would like to convey the following idea: when deciding to escape, a criminal always believes that in this way he can avoid punishment. However, our practice shows that no punishment can be avoided, no matter where the perpetrators are hiding and where they run to”.

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