Ukraine’s security says extradition of former Georgian defence official underway

  • Ukraine's Security Service released a statement over the detention of Megis Kardava. Photo by, 2 Nov 2017 - 16:48, Tbilisi,Georgia

Ukraine’s Security Service has announced procedures have been launched to extradite Georgia’s former head of the military police Megis Kardava to Georgia.

Kardava, who has been wanted by Interpol for torture and prisoner abuse, was detained in Ukraine yesterday.

When detained we found Kardava had two Ukrainian, one Latvian and a Belizean fake passport with him, as well as the fake ID of a sailor with which he had crossed Ukraine’s and other countries’ borders,” reads the statement by Ukraine’s Security Service.

Kardava is now in 40-day pre-extradition detention.

He has been wanted by Georgian law enforcement since February 13, 2013.

The former official is charged with:

  • Exceeding official authority by a public official;
  • Humiliation of a person, coercion and putting a person in an inhumane position;
  • Torture;
  • Liability of Perpetrator and Accomplice- Torture;
  • Liability of Perpetrator and Accomplice-Sexual Abuse under Violence;
  • Exceeding Official Powers;
  • Illegal imprisonment.