Ukraine suspends extradition of suspect in Putin assassination attempt
KIEV, August 21 - RAPSI. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has confirmed the suspension of Adam Osmayev's extradition proceedings. Osmayev, born in Grozny, Chechnya, is suspected of planning an attempt on the life of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Odessa Regional Appellate Court dismissed Osmayev's appeal and upheld the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office to hand him over to Russia. However, the day before that, the media reported that Osmayev had appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which advised Ukraine to suspend the extradition proceedings.
According to Ukrainian prosecutors, the Strasbourg courts ruling was forwarded by diplomatic mail. The Strasbourg court has accepted Osmayev's appeal and granted him the status of an individual who is challenging a local court's ruling.
"The extradition has already been prepared, however Ukraine is a signatory to certain international conventions; international law is a priority and binding for us. Therefore, the proceedings were immediately suspended," the Prosecutor Generals Office PR head Yuriy Boichenko told Kommersant daily.
Kazakh national Ilya Pyanzin and Osmayev have been charged with several crimes, including plotting the assassination attempt of a state official. They were arrested in Ukraine where they were charged with organizing a terrorist act and with terrorist organization affiliation.
Both of them were on international wanted lists.
Russian law enforcement authorities have been searching for Osmayev since 2008. He was charged with committing various terrorist crimes. The suspects were allegedly planning to assassinate Putin after the presidential election.