The Russian President Vladimir Putin referred on Saturday an agreement of extraditions for criminal trial or execution of sentences signed between Russia and Syria, to the State Duma for ratification.

The statement of the agreement stated: “The two countries undertake, in accordance with and on the basis of the terms of this agreement, to extradite the persons wanted, for criminal prosecution or execution of the sentence of the perpetrators of the crimes”.

According to the agreement, the extradition of suspects and defendants must be in accordance with the laws of both parties, if the actions of these persons are criminally punishable and involve imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or more severe punishment.

It should be noted that extradition will be refused if the crime for which extradition is requested is punishable by death in accordance with the law of the requesting party.

The Convention also indicates that the requesting party may apply for the temporary detention of a person until a request for his extradition is made.

As stated in the text of the agreement on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic, it will help increase the effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries in fighting crime, as well as expand cooperation in legal and judicial assistance in criminal cases.

The both agreements were signed in St. Petersburg on June 29, 2022.

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