HELSINKI — Finnish police on Sunday sought a court docket order to imprison a Russian man who had been residing underneath an alias within the Nordic nation and is accused of committing conflict crimes in opposition to wounded or surrendered troopers in japanese Ukraine in 2014 and 2015.
Yan Petrovsky, who had been residing in Finland underneath the identify Voislav Torden, is already in Finnish custody however authorities are asking that he be formally jailed whereas they conduct an investigation into his alleged crimes in opposition to Ukrainian troopers. A court docket ruling on his imprisonment is predicted on Monday.
Finland’s Supreme Courtroom has dominated that Petrovsky can’t be extradited to Ukraine, the place he faces an arrest warrant, because of the danger of inhumane jail circumstances there. Sunday’s determination signifies Finnish authorities plan to research and presumably strive the Russian in Finland, which has signed treaties permitting it to strive worldwide crimes.
Petrovsky is at the moment on the European Union’s sanctions listing in opposition to Russia for allegedly being a founding member of the far-right group Rusich that’s suspected of terrorism crimes in Ukraine and is linked with Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group, the Finnish information company STT reported.
Petrovsky, who earlier resided in Norway, was taken into custody by Finnish authorities after he was caught at Helsinki Airport in July shortly earlier than he was fly to Good, France collectively together with his household.
Media studies mentioned he managed to enter Finland regardless of a EU-wide entry ban with the assistance of a brand new id and his spouse’s scholar standing within the Nordic nation.
The Nationwide Bureau of Investigation – a unit of the Finnish police – supplied the imprisonment request for Petrovsky, aged 36, to the Helsinki District Courtroom on Sunday, STT mentioned.
Citing his Finnish lawyer, STT mentioned Petrovsky has denied all conflict crimes prices in opposition to him.
Finland’s Nationwide Prosecution Authority on Friday mentioned Petrovsky is suspected of conflict crimes “dedicated in opposition to wounded or surrendered Ukrainian troopers in the course of the armed battle in Ukraine” in 2014-2015 earlier than the beginning of Moscow’s ongoing assault on Ukraine in February 2022.
“The crimes will likely be investigated by Finnish authorities, as a result of the suspect can’t be extradited to Ukraine, and the case, as a global crime, falls underneath the jurisdiction of Finland,” the Finnish prosecutors mentioned in an announcement.