Berlin prosecutors mentioned on Friday they’d examine the case of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who’s being handled in Berlin for suspected poisoning, and hand data to Moscow if he agreed.
- Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 3:36 AM IST
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BERLIN/MOSCOW: Berlin prosecutors mentioned on Friday they’d examine the case of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who’s being handled in Berlin for suspected poisoning, and hand data to Moscow – if he agreed.
The German authorities had earlier mentioned it might not examine the case as a result of the poisoning happened in Russia.
It has accused Russia of attempting to poison Navalny and demanded an evidence from Moscow for what it mentioned was the banned Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok present in his physique by German medical doctors after he was airlifted from Russia for remedy.
Moscow has insisted it has seen no proof he was poisoned and earlier on Friday mentioned it might ask to ship investigators to Berlin in response to the German calls for.
The prosecutor’s workplace within the German capital mentioned it had been commissioned by the regional justice division “to provide legal assistance over the Russian request for legal assistance and to obtain information on the state of health of A. Navalny – subject to his consent”.
Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s highest-profile critic, was flown to Germany final month after falling violently unwell whereas travelling in Siberia. He may be very unlikely to conform to Germany sharing data with the Russian authorities, which his supporters have accused of tried homicide.
Some senior German politicians have mentioned Berlin ought to revoke help for Nord Stream 2, an enormous fuel pipeline from Russia to Germany set to open subsequent 12 months. Such a transfer would quantity to probably the most drastic financial penalty the West has imposed on Russia because the Soviet period.
The transport division of Russia’s inside ministry in Siberia mentioned it wished to ship investigators to work alongside German colleagues on the case, after reviews that Navalny had emerged from a coma.
“This request will include an application for the possible presence of Russian internal affairs investigators … and a Russian specialist when German colleagues are conducting investigations with Navalny, doctors and experts,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
Russia has not opened a felony investigation and is sticking to its place that it might first want arduous proof from Germany that Navalny was poisoned. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned on Friday that German accusations over the case had been “groundless”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Moscow resented international stress over the case. It had investigated the incident however didn’t have proof that may result in a felony case, he mentioned.
“Of course, we do not like it when other countries dictate to us what legal procedures we have at what point and on what basis to start them,” Peskov mentioned. “We cannot call these checks and inquiries a criminal case on the basis of analysis by a German laboratory … legally, it is not possible.”
The Russian inside ministry mentioned transport police in Tomsk had established a timeline of occasions main as much as Navalny’s sickness. The ministry listed a resort, restaurant, flat and low store Navalny had visited, and mentioned he had drunk wine and an alcoholic cocktail. In the times after he fell unwell, Navalny’s spokeswoman denied allegations he had consumed alcohol.
The Russian ministry mentioned police had interviewed 5 of six folks it mentioned accompanied Navalny when he fell unwell.
Police had been on the lookout for a sixth particular person the ministry named as Marina Pevchikh, a UK resident who flew to Germany on Aug. 22, and whose whereabouts it mentioned had been being established. This gave the impression to be a reference to Maria Pevchikh, an activist and ally of Navalny. Reuters was not instantly capable of attain her for remark.
(Additional reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy and Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Alexander Marrow, Peter Graff and Philippa Fletcher; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Daniel Wallis)
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