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U.S. says Hungary refuses to extradite suspected Russian arms dealers

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From Reuters
U.S. says Hungary refuses to extradite suspected Russian arms dealers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hungary denied a U.S. request to extradite two suspected Russian arms dealers and sent the men to Russia, where it is unclear whether they will face trial, the State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States had a strong case against the suspects, Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and Vladimir Lyubishin Jr.

U.S. court documents show the two men faced drugs and weapons charges, including conspiring to sell Russian-made military grade weapons including anti-aircraft missiles.

COMMENT:-

Oh DAMN!!! Afghanistan refused to extradite Osama bin Laden and look what happened there.

PS - The strange thing about extradition REQUESTS is that it doesn't matter a bit if the REQUESTING country THINKS that it has a "strong case" - what actually matters is if the courts of the country that is being REQUESTED to extradite the person is of the opinion that the REQUEST fulfills the legal requirements of the country to whom the REQUEST is directed. (This can get a bit fuzzy when the "crime" is actually a "sting operation".)
 

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Hungary is a weird little place. Read what they did and how they screwed up with their Universal Tobaco Products license.
 

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From Reuters
U.S. says Hungary refuses to extradite suspected Russian arms dealers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hungary denied a U.S. request to extradite two suspected Russian arms dealers and sent the men to Russia, where it is unclear whether they will face trial, the State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States had a strong case against the suspects, Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and Vladimir Lyubishin Jr.

U.S. court documents show the two men faced drugs and weapons charges, including conspiring to sell Russian-made military grade weapons including anti-aircraft missiles.

COMMENT:-

Oh DAMN!!! Afghanistan refused to extradite Osama bin Laden and look what happened there.

PS - The strange thing about extradition REQUESTS is that it doesn't matter a bit if the REQUESTING country THINKS that it has a "strong case" - what actually matters is if the courts of the country that is being REQUESTED to extradite the person is of the opinion that the REQUEST fulfills the legal requirements of the country to whom the REQUEST is directed. (This can get a bit fuzzy when the "crime" is actually a "sting operation".)

That could be, depending on what the Extradition Treaty, if there is one, states and requires be done. I this instance, there is an actual extradition treaty between Hungary and the US: Hungary International Extradition Treaty with the United States
 

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That could be, depending on what the Extradition Treaty, if there is one, states and requires be done. I this instance, there is an actual extradition treaty between Hungary and the US: Hungary International Extradition Treaty with the United States

Absolutely nothing unusual in your referenced document.

What is generally the "issue" in extradition requests is the

In Article 2, the Parties agree that an offense punishable by both parties by imprisonment or other form of detention for more than one year, or by a more severe penalty shall be extraditable.

bit.

Is

"attempted selling of items which it is legal to sell to persons who have represented themselves as being people to whom it is legal to sell the items which it is legal to sell but who have deceived the intended seller as to their identities as a part of a plan to entice the intended seller into committing an illegal act"

(or something along those lines) a crime under Hungarian law?

Do you think that the Hungarian government might have been a bit more receptive to the request if the US government hadn't had a (recent) track record of rejecting 87.5% of Hungarian extradition requests?
 
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