Presidents Secretariat sees no problem in extraditing a refugee
A reply has been received from the Presidents Secretariat to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Unions letter regarding the extradition to the Russian Federation on 28 July of Oleg Kuznetsov, who had been granted refugee status in Ukraine in March this year.
Even if the letter never reached the President, it is disturbing that he should have a Head of his Secretariat (and it is Viktor Balohas name at the bottom of this letter) who can state that “According to information from the Prosecutor Generals Office, the extradition of O. Kuznetsov was carried out on lawful grounds”. The problem is not even the fact that given the material presented by UHHRU, he should still think it sufficient to say that the Prosecutor General says that all is well. It is that the details of this case are in fact secondary. The situation is unequivocally clear: Kuznetsov had been granted refugee status, and it is against domestic and international law to extradite a recognized refugee.
Mr Balohas letter also states that a Prosecutor General can only be dismissed with the consent of the Verkhovna Rada. This does not prevent the President from recognizing the damage done Ukrainians faith in the present Prosecutor General who also flouted a court ruling rejecting his appeal against Kuznetsovs refugee status and Ukraines reputation in the world.
Sample letters, with addresses, can be found here
We must repeat that while officials are allowed to show contempt for the law and Ukraines international commitments with impunity, such outrages will continue.
From information at www.helsinki.org.ua