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Israeli embassy comments on Lapshin’s request


The embassy of Israel in Azerbaijan has commented on blogger Alexander Lapshin’s request for his extradition to Israel.

 
Every citizen of Israel has the right to make such a request, the Embassy told APA. However, the embassy added that the content of Lapshin’s meeting with the Israeli embassy officials will not be disclosed. 

 
“This is a personal issue of Lapshin’s about which we cannot give any information,” the embassy said.

 

On July 26, Lapshin appealed to the Israel Embassy in Azerbaijan for his extradition to Israel.

 

Lapshin was sentenced to three years in prison by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes on Thursday.

 

The charge against Lapshin under Article 281.2 of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code (public appeals against the state) was dropped due to a lack of evidence. 

 

Lapshin, who has citizenship of three countries, is accused of violating Azerbaijani laws on state border in April 2011 and October 2012.

 

On 15 December 2016, he was detained in Belarus. On January 17, 2017, Alexei Stuk, deputy prosecutor general of Belarus, issued a ruling on Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan. Lapshin was brought to Azerbaijan on February 7.

 

Lapshin is charged under the Article 281.2 (public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing border of the Republic of Azerbaijan) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.     

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