Prague court allows extradition of Sevastopol "self-defender" Franchetti to Ukraine

Присяжнюк Владислава
15:40, 18 February
Prague court allows extradition of Sevastopol
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The Prague City Court in the case of the extradition of Russian citizen Alexander Franchetti the day before gave his defense a week to review and did not grant the request to release the defendant from custody. The court also ruled that Franchetti could be extradited to Ukraine, where his case will be heard by a Ukrainian court.

This was reported by Crimea.Realii.

According to Franchetti's decision, he knew that the Crimean Self-Defense Organization, banned by Ukrainian law, was an illegal organization and headed the North Wind reconnaissance group. Presiding Judge Blanka Bedrzychow stressed that Franchetti would receive appropriate medical care.

Ukraine accuses Franchetti of taking an active part in illegal armed groups during the annexation of Crimea. In Ukraine, Franchetti faces up to 8 years in prison.

It is noted that Franchetti's lawyer has already filed an appeal against the decision of the Prague City Court.

Franchetti considers the accusations politically motivated. He completely denies his guilt and notes that in 2014 he was only a member of the "People's Squad", which, according to the Russian, monitored public order on the outskirts of Sevastopol.

What is known

  • In September 2021, Alexandra Franchetti was detained at Prague Airport on an international arrest warrant issued at Ukraine's request. On September 14, the Prague City Court ruled to arrest Franchetti.
  • Subsequently, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine confirmed its intention to request the extradition of detainee Franchetti.

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