: Savchenko's extradition won't take six months - lawyer

20:16 May. 3, 2016

Savchenko's extradition won't take six months - lawyer

A man holds a sign about Nadiya Savchenko at the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, March 31, 2016 (AP Photo)

Nadiya can't wait so long, Polozov says 

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov hopes that extradition of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko, who is illegally convicted and held in Russia, will be accelerated.

"The Russian authorities made a critical decision concerning Savchenko - they will extradite her, and now we are undergoing the procedure under the 1983 Extradition Convention. There is one problem about this Convention - it does not fix timeframes for implementing necessary legal actions. On her part, Nadiya fulfilled all the conditions, signed all the documents, and now everything depends both on Russian and Ukrainian authorities," Polozov said.

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The lawyer said that according to the Extradition Convention, the country that receives Savchenko should recognize the verdict issued by another country.

"She has diplomatic immunity, and Ukraine recognizes it. Consequently, she can't be arrested in Ukraine. I hope that all these procedures will be carried out in an accelerated mode, and it will not take six months or longer, because Nadiya can't wait so long", said Polozov.

Read also Savchenko getting ready for extradition

Recently, Nadiya Savchenko was sentenced by a Russian court to spend 22 years in prison for being involved in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the Donbas warzone in 2014 and for illegally crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. Savchenko denies the charges. Human rights organizations, the OSCE, some UN Security Council members and the European Parliament have all called for her release.

Shortly after the sentence had been announced Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko stated his readiness to exchange Nadiya Savchenko for the two Russian servicemen captured in Luhansk region in May of 2015. On April 18, both men were convicted of conducting aggressive war and participating in terrorist organizations, and sentenced to 14 years in prison and asset seizure.

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