- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Ukraine Seeks Extradition of Draft Dodgers Using Forged Documents; Potential Legal Actions in Partner Countries
in a significant move to uphold military service obligations and address instances of evasion, Ukraine has announced plans to seek the extradition of Ukrainian men who avoided conscription by utilizing forged documents. This initiative, spearheaded by Davyd Arachamija, the head of the ruling party’s parliamentary faction, Servant of the People, signals the nation’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of its conscription system. Notably, the extradition efforts may extend to partner countries, with the possibility of legal actions in nations such as the Czech Republic.
Arachamija stated, “People who engaged in such activities will face legal consequences, including charges related to bribery, document forgery, and evasion of conscription.” He acknowledged the challenge of locating individuals who have already left Ukraine but stressed the ongoing efforts to gather evidence for potential prosecution. Arachamija also noted that assessing these cases may take several months, particularly if bribery allegations are involved, as both parties could be implicated.
Underlining the international dimension of this endeavor, Arachamija confirmed that Ukraine would approach partner or friendly states with active international legal cooperation, including the Czech Republic, for the potential extradition of these individuals. This underscores the importance of international collaboration in addressing conscription-related offenses that transcend national borders.
In a related development, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced a comprehensive review of decisions made by military medical assessment commissions concerning the disability and ineligibility of Ukrainian citizens for military service. This review will encompass cases dating from February 24, 2022, following a meeting of the Ukrainian Security Council. The objective is to ensure fairness and accuracy in determining individuals’ fitness for military service, aligning with Ukraine’s commitment to strengthen its defense capabilities.
Ukraine’s proactive stance in pursuing draft dodgers and reevaluating conscription-related decisions reflects its dedication to maintaining a robust and just military system. These actions underscore the nation’s commitment to upholding its defense obligations while adhering to the principles of transparency and accountability.
Article by Prague Forum