Lapshin attempts suicide under pretext of delayed extradition: Penitentiary Service

Alexander Lapshin has made a suicide attempt under the pretext of delayed extradition, the Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan’s Justice Ministry told.

Lapshin, who was sentenced to three years behind bars in Azerbaijan, had been fully provided with all procedural rights during the term of imprisonment, the Penitentiary Service said in a statement on Monday.

“Lapshin, who holds Russian, Israeli and Ukrainian citizen, was repeatedly given the opportunity to meet with representatives of the embassies of these countries in Azerbaijan, as well as with family members,” said the statement.

“Held under arrest throughout the investigation, Lapshin has been under constant medical supervision and provided with necessary medical examination and treatment. On 10 September 2017, however, he made an attempt to end his life under the pretext of delayed extradition. Nevertheless, the suicide attempt was prevented thanks to vigilance on the part of prison guards and necessary medical care was provided to Lapshin.”

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on Sept. 11 to pardon Alexander Lapshin.

According to the order, Israeli citizen Alexander Lapshin, who was sentenced to imprisonment by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes on July 20 2017, shall be released from prison.

The order comes into force from the date of its signing. APA