Swiss justice rejects Russian requests for legal aid

A view of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland February 9, 2022. REUTERS/Stephanie Ulmer Nebehay

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ZURICH, May 18 (Reuters) – The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has upheld two appeals by defendants arguing that Russia does not deserve legal assistance in criminal cases given its invasion of Ukraine, a news source said. the court on Wednesday.

He cited Russia’s violations of the UN Charter, its non-compliance with the Budapest Memorandum on Security Guarantees, and its withdrawal from the Council of Europe and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. ‘male.

Judgments are not final and may be appealed to the Swiss Supreme Court. These were cases in which Russia accused the anonymous defendants of illegal exports to Israel via Switzerland of materials that could be used to make weapons.

“The legal requirements and those developed by case law in the field of international legal assistance are no longer present in order to be able to count – even with diplomatic guarantees – on Russia’s respect for international law, particularly in the field of human rights. “, the court said in a statement.

Swiss federal prosecutors said in March they had suspended requests for judicial cooperation from and to Russia. Read more

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Reporting by Michael Shields; edited by Grant McCool

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