Lithuania refuses to extradite opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya to Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Belarusian prosecutor general, "no motives" for the refusal were provided
08:46, 12 July 2021

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Lithuania refused to hand over fugitive opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to Belarus without naming the reason. It was reported by Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Shved.

"We issued and keep on issuing corresponding document [on the extradition of opposition activists]. So far, we see no reaction, but Tsikhanouskaya. Indeed, we have received documents, I can official confirm it, about Lithuania’s refusal to extradite her," he said.

According to the Belarusian prosecutor general, "no motives" for the refusal were provided. "We see no legal grounds for that," he noted.

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He said that several Belarusian opposition activists, who face criminal charges in Belarus, are currently living in Lithuania.

"We are taking all possible measures to ensure that these criminals are extradited to Belarus. We have very good results of work in this area with our Russian colleagues and we are thankful to them for that. Such personas are extradited under law when there are legal grounds for that," he noted.

Meanwhile, Lithuania intends to allocate 42 million euros to strengthen the border with Belarus. This was announced in an interview with Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland by the Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany Ramunas Misiulis.

According to him, the money will be used to build border fortifications and improve the surveillance system. The Lithuanian Ambassador to Germany said that he expects support from the European Union, since this is a "common problem" with the EU.

Related: Belarusian oppositionist Tsikhanouskaya said she had informal meeting with Zelensky in Lithuania

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