: ERR: Estonian citizen suspected of terrorism to be extradited to Ukraine

20:23 Jun. 17, 2016

ERR: Estonian citizen suspected of terrorism to be extradited to Ukraine

Russian-backed separatist fighters hold their positions on the northern frontline July 12, 2015 in Luhansk, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

Vladimir Poljakov suspected of terrorism due to his fighting for Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine

The Supreme Court of Estonia refused to hear the appeal of the decision that the extradition of Estonian citizen and terrorism suspect Vladimir Poljakov to Ukraine is lawful, which means that the decision stands and Poljakov now awaits extradition to Ukraine.

As the Supreme Court has refused to hear barrister Sven Sillar's appeal in cassation, the Tallinn Circuit Court's decision, which found that the Estonian Government's December 21, 2015 order to extradite Poljakov to Ukraine was not unlawful, has entered into effect.

"It is extremely unfortunate that the Supreme Court did not take into account the UN Human Rights Committee's June 3 report, which conclusively proved that Kiev-controlled detention facilities utilize physical coercion tactics and torture detainees," Sillar told ERR.ee.

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