The Ministry of justice sent to the relevant bodies of the United States request for the transfer of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, convicted for 20 years by an American court on charges of smuggling large quantities of drugs, for punishment serving in the homeland.
“The letter of the Ministry of justice a request for the transfer of Yaroshenko to Russia sent to the Russian foreign Ministry for transmission through diplomatic channels to the competent authorities of the United States,” – said TASS in the press service of the Ministry of justice.
“Upon receipt of the response of the American side and the necessary documents on this issue that will be addressed in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons of 1983 and the Russian legislation”, – said the Russian Ministry.
On the preparation of this treatment became known on Wednesday, October 12. He Yaroshenko 13 September signed on the proposal of the Federal Bureau of prisons United States document their consent to the transfer to his homeland to continue serving his sentence. This is one of the prerequisites for the application of the Convention in 1983, members of which are Russia and the United States.
The lawyer Russians Alexey Tarasov in an interview with TV channel “Russia 24″shown earlier, said that the defense is counting on a pardon Yaroshenko Barack Obama, as his presidential term comes to an end.
“Among the arguments “for” can first be noted that in the USA leaving the presidency, as a rule, during the last months of his reign, to approve a significant number of petitions for clemency”, – quotes Alexey Tarasov website “vestige”.
“Another argument for the fact that we have to act now, is that the Obama administration supports the reduction of sentences for drug crimes. The extradition of Konstantin Yaroshenko would be a good signal from the United States to improve bilateral relations with Russia”, – said Tarasov.
Konstantin Yaroshenko was sentenced on 7 September 2011 to 20 years in prison. In the US it was brought from Liberia, where he was arrested on may 28, 2010. Acting under the cover of American agents of the Federal Directorate for combating drug trafficking allegedly caught him in criminal intent on the transportation of large quantities of cocaine.
Protection Yaroshenko regularly tries to appeal against his detention, claiming that he was unjustly sentenced to 20 years. Authorized foreign Ministry on issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov noted that the Russian case is “politicized”.
In March, the mother Yaroshenko offered to exchange her son for the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was sentenced Donetsk city court of the Rostov region to 22 years in a General regime colony for the murder of the VGTRK journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin and illegal crossing of border of the Russian Federation, but in the end, was exchanged for prisoners in Ukraine Russians Alexander Alexandrov Evgeny Erofeev.
Fate Yaroshenko was discussed during talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry.
In may, Yaroshenko statedthat he refuses to hear his case, the U.S. Supreme court and other lawsuits: “After the court, despite ample evidence of my innocence, torture, kidnapping, decides to lock me up for 20 years, nobody in the US will not go against himself. To hope that the Supreme court will make a legal decision on my case, is useless.”