The U.S. authorities will reconsider the case of Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot, who is serving a sentence in American prison for preparation of drug shipment transportation to the U.S. The case is to be revised in April, 2019, as the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia informed, Izvestiya reports.
It was noted that the Ombudsman’s Office got a reply from the U.S. State Department, when Tatyana Moskalkova, the Ombudsman, requested to transfer Yaroshenko to the country of nationality.
“According to the Convention of the European Council on the transfer of the convicted people, and the U.S. is its member, there is a possibility to transfer Yaroshenko to Russia to serve the sentence there. As the U.S. internal regulations say, the submission of the appeals with a request to transfer a prisoner to the state of the nationality to serve the sentence there is carried out once in two years. Therefore, Yaroshenko’s case will be reconsidered in April next year. The defence will demand it,” Vyacheslav Tolmachev, the Advisor of the Russian Ombudsman, stated.
Reportedly, he officers of the U.S. National Security Agency detained Yaroshenko in May of 2010 in the African Liberia being accused of preparing the drug shipment transportation to the U.S. In September 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York state sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
In May 2017, Tatyana Moskalkova, Russian Ombudsman, signed an official appeal to Trump requesting to pardon Yaroshenko.