15:03 31.12.2016

Ukrainian Justice Ministry decides on return of citizen convicted of spying in Russia

The Ukrainian Justice Ministry has decided to accept Valentyn Vyhovsky convicted by a Russian court for serving his sentence in Ukraine under the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, and an appeal for reconciling the Russian court's judgment with the Ukrainian law has been filed with the Kyiv Darnytsky District Court.

"Relevant documents have been submitted to the Kyiv Darnytsky District Court requesting reconciliation of the Russian court's judgment with the Ukrainian law. Once a copy of the court's judgment is received, the Justice Ministry will notify Russia about the decision enclosing a copy of the court's judgment. The convict will be transferred with the consent of all sides," the ministry said in a report posted on its website on Saturday.

Petro Vyhovsky asked the Justice Ministry on April 4 to ensure the transfer of his son, Valentyn Vyhovsky, from Russia to Ukraine.

Kyiv resident Valentyn Vyhovsky was detained at the Simferopol rail terminal in Crimea in 2015. A Russian court sentenced him to 11 years on espionage counts.

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