Yaroshenko's Lawyer Calls on Moscow to Help With Extradition from US

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Yaroshenko's lawyer Alexey Tarasov said that defense team for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko has officially asked the Russian Justice Ministry to request the US authorities for his transfer to Russia.

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Russian Justice Ministry Awaits Yaroshenko's Request for Transfer to Russia
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The defense team for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko has officially asked the Russian Justice Ministry to request the US authorities for his transfer to Russia, Yaroshenko's lawyer Alexey Tarasov said Friday.

"We sent the request to the Russian justice and foreign ministries acting on Konstantin's instructions," Tarasov told RIA Novosti.

"We are asking the Russian Justice Ministry to sent an official request to the US authorities for the transfer of Konstantin Yaroshenko in accordance with the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons," Tarasov said.

Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to import more than $100 million worth of cocaine into the United States, was arrested in Liberia in 2010 and subsequently extradited to the United States.

In April, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that arguments made to reverse Yaroshenko’s conviction lacked merit.  In a March letter to Sputnik, the jailed pilot said the court ignored a lot of evidence that proved US prosecutors and drug enforcement authorities had fabricated the case against him.

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