The extradition of blogger Alexander Lapshin to Israel will not take place today, his lawyer Edward Chernin told APA.
According to the lawyer, Lapshin’s mother will arrive in Baku. “His mother Bella Lapshina wants to come here, so we’ll have to wait for her. Lapshin will be sent to Israel in the next two days,” added Chernin.
The lawyer noted that Lapshin, who is currently in hospital, is in normal condition.
Lapshin, who is a citizen of several countries, was detained in Minsk, Belarus on December 15, 2016 at the request of the Azerbaijani government. He was brought to Azerbaijan on February 7, 2017.
Lapshin was charged under articles 281.2 (public appeals against the state) and 318.2 (illegal border crossing).
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. He was sentenced to three years in prison by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on Sept. 11 to pardon Alexander Lapshin.