Ukraine's Justice Ministry to file extradition request for Klykh, Karpiuk
Ukraine's Ministry of Justice intends to submit a request for the extradition of Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanyslav Klykh illegally held in the territory of the Russian Federation only after the verdict comes into force, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko has said.
"The final verdict will be announced on May 26. We can predict that it will be so as the prosecutor's office wants, because this is Russian justice. After the court ruling comes into force, the Ministry of Justice gets the right to request the extradition of our citizens. The profile department, the deputy minister and public representatives are communicating with the relatives, lawyers to be ready on the first day the verdict comes into force to apply relevant extradition requests to the Russian side," Petrenko told reporters in Kyiv.
Karpiuk's lawyer Ilya Novikov, in turn, twitted the prosecutor asking for 22.5 years of strict regime for Karpiuk and 22 years for Klykh. The verdict on the case of Karpiuk and Klykh will be announced at 17:00 on May 26," he added.
As reported, on May 19 the jury trial in the city of Grozny (the Russian Federation) found Ukrainian citizens Karpiuk and Klykh guilty of allegedly committing crimes during the Chechen war. The verdict is to be announced by the end of May.