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Civil ge: Shevardnadze says Georgia will extradite Chechens to Russia

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    Shevardnadze Says Georgia will Extradite Chechens to Russia (Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, December 2, 2002) - Georgian President Shevardnadze said at the news
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      Shevardnadze Says Georgia will Extradite Chechens to Russia


      (Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, December 2, 2002) - Georgian President
      Shevardnadze said at the news briefing today that Georgia is ready to
      fulfill commitment towards Russia and hand over 8 alleged Chechen
      militants.

      "They [Chechens] will be extradited to Russia with taking into
      consideration all the legal aspects," President said.

      On November 26 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided that
      it would not object against extradition of the 8 Chechen fighters,
      arrested by the Georgian side earlier, to Russia.

      The Court thus lifted its own moratorium on extradition, which was
      imposed on October 10 2002 according to the procedures of the
      court "in the interests of the parties and the proper conduct of the
      proceedings."

      Last week Georgian General Prosecutor Nugzar Gabrichidze said that
      Georgia is ready to hand over three Chechens to Russia.

      Georgian border guards detained 13 armed men near the Russian border
      on August 3-5. In early October Georgia extradited to Russia 5
      detainees out of 13. Georgia refused to extradite two alleged
      militants because they were Georgian citizens.
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