Thursday, 22 June, Baku will host the first session of the court over Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is accused of illegal crossing of the state border and appeals to violation of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Recall that on 7 February Alexander Lapshin, who is a citizen of Israel and Russia, was a special flight delivered from Minsk to Baku. At the airport he was transferred to the staff of the state security Service of Azerbaijan.
The extradition was carried out shortly after the Supreme court of Belarus dismissed the complaint Lapshin, who tried to challenge the decision on extradition to Azerbaijan and the decree of the court entered into force.
The Israeli foreign Ministry and Russian foreign Ministry (Lapshin also has Russian citizenship) tried unsuccessfully to prevent his extradition. Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova («Zionist camp») demanded that the government take more active steps aimed at the release of the Israeli citizen who served in combat units of the IDF.
40-year-old blogger Alexander Lapshin was detained in Minsk on the night of December 15, 2016. The reason for the arrest was the request of Azerbaijani authorities, who had previously announced his international search for the violation of the law «On state border» and the migration code. As reported by Azerbaijani media, this was due to the visits of A. Lapshin in Nagorno-Karabakh. His name was included by the Baku authorities in the «black list» in 2011. However, in June 2015 Lapshin moved to Azerbaijan via Georgia Ukrainian passport, as reported by the online edition Аzeri.Тoday.
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