Cyprus minister says Sevan oil-for-food extradition unlikely

[JURIST] Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou [official website] told reporters Wednesday that he is unaware if former UN Oil-for-Food chief Benon Sevan [BBC profile] is in the country, but if he is, any extradition request from abroad will likely be met with opposition. Several reports indicate that Sevan, a Cyprus national, traveled to Cyprus following his resignation [JURIST report] from his honorary position with the UN just before a report released by the Independent Inquiry Committee investigating the UN Oil-for-Food scandal charged him with taking almost $150,000 in bribes [JURIST report]. Under Cyprus law, the extradition of Cypriot nationals to other jurisdictions is prohibited. Reuters has more.

 

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