04.09.2012 / 14:52

Czech Republic, Poland Extradite Too Few People to Belarus, Official Says

A representative of the Prosecutor General's Office: Belarus' decisions on extraditing suspects to other countries was based purely on law, not on political motives.

The Czech Republic has not granted a single extradition request from Belarus in the last few years, a representative of the Prosecutor General's Office said in an interview published by the Presidential Administrations newspaper Sovetskaya Belorussiya on September 4.

Alieh Khlyshchanka, head of the Office's international cooperation department, said that Poland had granted only about half of extradition requests from the country in the period.

Both Poland and the Czech Republic have refused to hand over suspects to Belarus on far-fetched grounds, citing the country's allegedly poor detention conditions and lack of proper legal assistance, according to the official.

Mr. Khlyshchanka claimed that Belarus' decisions on extraditing suspects to other countries was based purely on law, not on political motives.

If there are legal grounds to hand over a suspect, we do so, if there are no such grounds, we don't do so. We have recently decided to extradite a Ukrainian citizen to the Czech Republic for criminal prosecution, he said.

He said that Belarus had a complicated system of considering extradition requests from other countries and it would not be simplified in the near future.

Ms. Khlyshchanka did not mention Belarus' controversial refusal to extradite former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his brother Zhanybek to the Central Asian country.