21 April 201620:06

Comment by Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov on the US Court of Appeals’ ruling on Konstantin Yaroshenko’s appeal

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We deeply regret and are perplexed by the decision of the New York Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to uphold the verdict of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who in 2011 was sentenced in the United States on politicised and trumped up charges.

We know for a fact that Yaroshenko’s defence team has accumulated reliable evidence that US authorities have seriously breached their client’s rights, freedoms and legitimate interests, both in Liberia and in the United States. The defence lawyers have proof that Yaroshenko was kidnapped by US security agents in Liberia and that he was tortured and subjected to other inhuman treatment to make him give evidence against himself. Washington has not honoured its commitment to ensure that this Russian citizen receives humane treatment and the required medical assistance in prison.

Yaroshenko confirmed these serious violations of his rights during a recent telephone conversation with the Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

The New York court’s decision regarding the appeal filed by Yaroshenko’s defence lawyers reaffirm our conclusion that the case of Konstantin Yaroshenko was politically motivated and that the actions of US investigators and judicial authorities were undeniably biased and unlawful.

We will continue to provide assistance to Yaroshenko’s lawyers, using the opportunities offered by US law to have his case reviewed in light of newly discovered facts in order to bring him back to Russia as soon as possible.

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