MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Justice will send another request for extradition of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who had been jailed in the US for drug smuggling, the ministry’s press service informed TASS.
"The request for extradition of Konstantin Yaroshenko in response to his application will be sent by the Russian Ministry of Justice to the US competent bodies after April 20," the ministry informed.
Russia had already asked for Yaroshenko to be extradited in 2017, however, the US denied the request.
The ministry explained that the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons regulates the extradition process between Russia and the United States.
"In accordance with this convention, the Russian Ministry of Justice sent a request for Yaroshenko’s transfer to Russia, denied by the US side on April 20 (of the year 2017 - TASS)," the ministry stated.
The US Department of Justice notified Russia that according to US legislation, the next request for extradition can only be sent two years after the previous one. The convention does not stipulate the timeframe for processing the request.
Konstantin Yaroshenko was convicted in the United States on September 7, 2011 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He pled not guilty and described his arrest as a provocation and the whole case as a frame-up. Yaroshenko was brought to the United States from Liberia, where he was arrested on May 28, 2010. Agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration allegedly exposed Yaroshenko’s criminal intent to transport a large batch of cocaine.
Until June 2018, Yaroshenko had been serving out his sentence at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution (New Jersey), but later, he was transferred to a transit prison in Brooklyn, New York, and then to the current Danbury prison, which holds more than 1,400 inmates.
The Russian authorities and the pilot’s family in Rostov-on-Don have repeatedly asked the United States for Yaroshenko’s handover to Russia.