Ukraine to request extradition of 28 Wagner PMC troops from Belarus

The men are believed to have fought against Ukraine government forces in the Donbas warzone.

The Office of the Prosecutor General has notified Belarus about its intentions to demand extradition of participants in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, recently detained on Belarusian territory as part of the Russian PMC Wagner group.

That’s according to the OPG press service.

“The Office of the Prosecutor General, based on the 1993 Convention on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Cases, addressed the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Belarus with requests for the temporary arrest of persons who were detained on July 29 by this country’s law enforcement,” the statement says.

It is noted that 28 persons, of which nine are citizens of Ukraine, have been charged with participation in a terrorist organization (Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

“Thus, the Ukrainian side expressed intention to demand extradition of the said persons to Ukraine in order to bring them to justice for crimes related to illegal participation in the armed conflict in Donbas,” the statement reads.

Currently, documents are being drafted, required to request extradition of the persons in question.

The issue of extradition will be decided by Belarus’ competent authorities.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 29, Belarus’ law enforcement agencies detained 32 members of the Russian PMC Wagner just outside Minsk and another individual – in the south of the country. Media reports said the group included those who had fought against Ukrainian government forces in Donbas.

According to the law enforcers, they had been tipped about the arrival of more than 200 militants to destabilize the country during the ongoing presidential election campaign.

A criminal case has been launched on terrorism charges.

(c) Unian

4 comments

  • Will be free to leave during next POW swap…

    Liked by 4 people

  • “Currently, documents are being drafted, required to request extradition of the persons in question. ”

    A total waste of time and effort. There is more chance of Russia giving Crimea back to Ukraine, than Luka handing these terrorists over. If he handed them over, Belarus will be swamped with little green men, and Luka will end up behind bars. Plus if he did hand them over, Zelensky would have them back out on the first flight available.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Ukraine must as whether Lukashenko allows extradition or not. He’s already between a rock and hard place with the west, particularly the US, and can’t afford not to grant extradition of those who are Ukrainian.

      Liked by 1 person

  • onlyfactsplease

    Ukraine knows that Belarus will never hand those guys over. But, it doesn’t cost anything to try.

    Liked by 3 people

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