Vilnius has turned down Minsk’s request for the extradition of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who has been staying in Lithuania since August 2020, Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said on Sunday, APA reports citing TASS.
"We issued and keep on issuing corresponding document [on the extradition of opposition activists]. So far, we see no reaction, but Tikhanovskaya," he said in an interview with the Belarus-1 television channel. "Indeed, we have received documents, I can official confirm it, about Lithuania’s refusal to extradite her."
According to the Belarusian prosecutor general, "no motives" for the refusal were provided. "We see no legal grounds for that," he noted.
He said that several Belarusian opposition activists, who face criminal charges in Belarus, are currently living in Lithuania. "We are taking all possible measures to ensure that these criminals are extradited to Belarus," he noted. "We have very good results of work in this area with our Russian colleagues and we are thankful to them for that. Such personas are extradited under law when there are legal grounds for that.