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Andorran court postpones decision on extradition of Finnish anti-immigrant agitator

A court in Andorra has postponed its decision on the extradition of Ilja Janitskin who faces dozens of criminal charges in Finland related to the nationalist propaganda site which he founded.

Ilja Janitskin
File photo of Ilja Janitskin. Image: Yle

An Andorran court said on Thursday that it is postponing a decision about Finnish anti-immigrant agitator Ilja Janitskin's extradition to Finland.

Last year a Finnish court remanded Janitskin in custody in absentia and was taken into custody late last summer by Interpol authorities in Andorra at the request of Finnish officials.

Previoulsy, the Andorran court had said it would reach a decision on Janitskin's transfer to Finland by Thursday, November 9, but on that deadline it said the decision would be pushed forward to next month.

Finnish authorities suspect Janitskin of having committed some 50 criminal violations in connection with the anti-immigration propaganda site MV-Lehti that he founded.

Janitskin faces charges in Finland of inciting hatred against an ethnic group, aggravated slander, and many other crimes.

Janitskin's defence lawyer said that there were shortcomings and technical errors in Finland's extradition request. However a Finnish court said that those errors could be addressed and corrected and do not affect the extradition order.

Finland: No big errors in order

Finnish Justice Ministry legal advisor Juhani Korhonen, who is overseeing the case, said the mistakes in the extradition order were not particularly dramatic.

"The extradition order was translated into Spanish while [such orders], according to international practice, are in English. The court in Andorra wanted those references to be written in Spanish, so we translated them for them. It was not a question of anything stranger than that," Korhonen said.

If and when the Andorran court does decide to allow Janitskin's extradition, he can still appeal the decision to a higher court.

Lawyer Markku Fredman, who has dealt with several extradition cases over the years, has previously told Finnish news service STT that extraditions from Andorra to Finland can take anything from a few weeks to several months, if a court decides to allow the extradition to take place.

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