Venediktova calls on Ukrainians to contain their emotions about Shariy so as not to impede the extradition
Today, the Prosecutor General's Office confirmed to the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain its intention to request the extradition of Anatoliy Shariy, who was detained by Spanish authorities on May 4 on the basis of an earlier request for his temporary arrest.
This was announced by Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.
At the same time, she asks citizens to refrain from emotional statements abput Shariy. She especially asks the state officials to excercise restraint: from law enforcement officers to deputies of all ranks.
According to her, this is important because Shariy will most likely use the legal right to refuse the simplified extradition procedure to Ukraine, i.e. voluntary extradition.
"If this is the case, Anatoliy Shariy, with the help of his legal advisers, can use a variety of defense tactics, including trying to convince the competent court that the basis for bringing him to justice is exclusively political. … Any statements made by the Ukrainian authorities to the defendant may theoretically influence the decision of the competent court of Spain. We simply have no right to give Shariy another argument against us," Venediktova wrote.
As IMI reported, on May 4, pro-russian blogger Anatoliy Shariy, whom the SSU suspects of treason, was detained in Spain.
Shariy will eventually be extradited to Ukraine, and he will be prosecuted by a Ukrainian court.
The SSU suspects Anatoliy Shariy of committing crimes under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: Art. 111 (“Treason”) and Art. 161 (“Violation of equality of citizens based on their race, nationality, religious beliefs, disability, and other grounds”).
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