Ukraine will not arrest or extradite ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said that Mikheil Saakashvili, former Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region and former President of Georgia, will not face arrest or extradition after he returned to Ukraine in spite of his Ukrainian citizenship having been revoked.  Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on allegations of abuse of power and embezzlement during his time as President.

Lutsenko suggested that Saakashvili, who resigned as Governor of Odessa in November 2016, has “a residence permit or other document” that prevents his extradition.  Upon his resignation, Saakashvili accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of dishonesty and the country’s government of sabotaging his anti-corruption efforts.

Saudi Arabia reports extradition statistics

A Saudi Arabian Public Prosecutor has said that Saudi Arabia extradited 91 people under judicial cooperation agreements and 14 people to countries with no agreement in 2015-16. Speaking to the 22nd annual conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al Muajab said that the 105 individuals were wanted under a variety of allegations, including terrorism, fraud, and murder.

UK MPs call on government to resist US calls for extradition of Lauri Love

UK MPs have called on the government to resist US calls for the extradition of British hacking suspect Lauri Love, who faces a maximum of 99 years imprisonment if convicted in the US. Mr Love is accused by the US of engaging in cyberattacks against government websites, such as the Federal Reserve and US army, and stealing sensitive military data and the details of over 100,000 government employees.

The MPs said that Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, should be tried in the UK where he will likely face only a few months’ imprisonment. His lawyers have argued that the US prison system is incapable of meeting his mental and physical health needs, and there would be a high risk of him attempting suicide in the circumstances.

The High Court is due to hear Mr Love’s appeal against his extradition next week.