Supreme Court in Belgrade approves again Tsvetan Vassilev’s extraditionMonitor News Agency , Sofia
The Supreme Court in Belgrade has approved again Tsvetan Vassilev's extradition request, Serbian Insajder reported. However, this is only the first step in unlocking the procedure above, as the decision can be appealed to the Appellate court of Serbia through the Ministry of Justice, which has the final word, the article recalls.
It states also that this is precisely what Article 31 of the Law on International Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters provides for. "We do not comment on any cases that are subject to prosecution," Sergey Andreev from the Bulgarian Embassy in Serbia told the publication.
The procedure has been going on for six years now. The Bulgarian institutions requested extradition back in September 2014, and the Supreme Court in Belgrade twice approved the request, but the Court of Appeals returned the case. This examination by the Court of First Instance came after the Bulgarian Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev informed the European institutions at the beginning of the year that the Belgrade authorities had been refusing to extradite the financial fraudster Tsvetan Vassilev for six years now.
Three days later, the Supreme Court announced that they have been considering the additional request of the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office for extradition of the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, who had fled to Serbia.