Decision on possible extradition of Saakashvili to be made by Justice ministry after completion of check
The decisions on the possible extradition of leader of the Movement of New Forces party, ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili would be made by the Justice Ministry after receiving conclusions of the extradition check being underway, Spokesman of Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) Andriy Lysenko has said.
"According to the European Convention on the extradition of offenders, the extradition of a person occurs under the condition of committing a crime for which, under the legislation of a party that requires extradition, a sentence of imprisonment of at least one year can be imposed. We now know that the status of Saakashvili has changed. He has already been convicted, but the Kyiv city prosecutor's office, at the request of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine ... is conducting an extradition check on Saakashvili at the request of competent Georgian authorities. With the purpose of verification and clarification of all the circumstances ... which may become the basis for refusing the extradition of the said person to another state, Saakashvili is invited to the Kyiv city prosecutor's office to provide appropriate explanations," Lysenko said on 112.Ukraine TV channel on January 5.
According to him, the extradition check has already begun, but there are no specific standards regarding the duration of this verification.
According to him, within the framework of this extradition check, the Kyiv city prosecutor's office sent inquiries to other state authorities of Ukraine, and the conclusions on the results of this check will be provided to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine for making the final decision on extradition.