Belarus extradites Blogger Lapshin to Azerbaijan (Photo)

Belarus extradites Blogger Lapshin to Azerbaijan (Photo)

Blogger Alexander Lapshin has been brought to Baku from Belarus where he was earlier detained.

Lapshin's extradition to Azerbaijan on February 7 occurred hours after the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court to send Lapshin to Baku.

The Russian blogger is wanted by Azerbaijan on allegations of supporting the independence of Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Belarusian Deputy State Prosecutor Alyaksey Stuk signed the extradition order on January 18.

Lapshin was detained in Minsk in mid-December on the basis of Baku's extradition request.

Azerbaijani prosecutors accuse Lapshin of illegally visiting Nagorno-Karabakh in 2011 and 2012 and calling for the recognition of the breakaway region's independence by posting two statements online, RFE/RL reports.

Belarus extradites Blogger Lapshin to Azerbaijan (Photo)
Belarus extradites Blogger Lapshin to Azerbaijan (Photo)
Belarus extradites Blogger Lapshin to Azerbaijan (Photo)

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