Netherlands demanding Russia to extradite Tsemakh. Ukraine could not do this because of the Constitution
The Netherlands is asking the Russian Federation to hand over the “air defense commander” of the Slavic brigade of the self-proclaimed “DPR” Vladimir Tsemakh to the investigation.
The Dutch Attorney General has asked Russia to extradite a suspect in the case of MH17. Since Tsemakh is not a Russian citizen, he can be theoretically extradited by Russia, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported with reference to a letter from Foreign Minister Stef Blok.
According to AD publication, the Dutch government criticizes pressure from Russia. After all, the Russian Federation insisted that Tsemakh participated in a large exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia. Stef Blok recalls that Russia agreed to cooperate in the investigation on MH17.
“The prosecution noted that the extradition of Tsemakh will not have any consequences for the process, which will begin on March 9, 2020,” the minister emphasizes in a letter.
Ex-Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko explained that the extradition of the DPR terrorist Vladimir Tsemakh to the Netherlands was impossible under the Constitution of Ukraine.
“The interrogation of Tsemakh took place. He refused the deal with the investigation. We have no right to extradite him to the Netherlands because of the provisions of the Constitution. From March 2020 the Dutch will be able to try him in absentia, like the first 4 suspects,” Lutsenko informed on his Facebook page.
QHA media reported about who Vladimir Tzemakh is and what role he plays in the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that a witness in the case of Boeing, downed in the Donbass in 2014, Vladimir Tsemakh was interrogated before being sent to Russia.