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Italy sees no grounds to extradite Avakov to Ukraine

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July 19, 2012, 8:02 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Prosecutor General's Office of Italy sees no grounds for the extradition of former Kharkiv Regional Governor and Head of the Kharkiv Regional Branch of the Batkivschyna Party Arsen Avakov to Ukraine.
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Kharkiv – The Prosecutor General's Office of Italy sees no grounds for the extradition of former Kharkiv Regional Governor and Head of the Kharkiv Regional Branch of the Batkivschyna Party Arsen Avakov to Ukraine.

"The prosecutor general, in accordance with Article 705 of the Criminal Procedure Code, asks the Court of Appeal to state that there is no reason for the extradition of Arsen Borysovych Avakov, born in Baku (Azerbaijan) on January 2, 1964, to Ukraine," reads the document of the Prosecutor General's Office of Italy, the original and translation of which was posted on Avakov's page on Facebook. 

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Charles Spencer July 19, 2012, 8:45 p.m.    

quite right that Italy does not send this man back to the Ukraine....where it is quite plain, he would not face a FAIR trial.

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from eu July 19, 2012, 10:56 p.m.    

italy is a civilizated country,where the law is equal for all,looking what is going on in ukraine with opposition of janucovich,avakon shall never be estradate to ukraine,italy likes other west countries knows the happy life of janucovich and friends with ukrainian people money,so the first to be jailed from prosecutor general in ukraine are your governors and not only opposition,because this is evident that is only political persecution

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Roman Dawydiak July 20, 2012, 6:21 a.m.    

The Prosecutor General's Office of Italy have officially set a precedent that is highly unlikely to be contested by any other member state in the European Union. The PGO of Ukraine, the judicial authorities of Ukraine, and the Government of Viktor Yanukovych are too corrupt and politically polluted to be trusted to hold a fair trial (if even a trial is warranted in the first place) of Arsen Avakov within Ukraine. This firm stand by Italian authorities should come as no surprise as it falls in line with the earlier decision by the European Court of Human Rights in their declaration of finding political prisoner Yuriy Lutsenko not guilty and thereby overturning previous decisions by Ukrainian courts. Will the pariahs in Ukraine get the message or do they still require some more butt kicking? Unfortunately, it would appear that steel boots may become necessary.

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