U.S. authorities refuse to transfer convicted pilot Yaroshenko to Russian prison


The United States authorities have denied a request filed by Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova seeking to transfer pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine to Russia for serving his sentence, the ombudsman‚??s press service has told RAPSI. Earlier, Moskalkova forwarded petitions to the U.S. Prosecutor General‚??s Office and state bodies supervising American penal system. In her request, the human rights commissioner also described poor health condition of Yaroshenko and asked to grant him medical aid and relevant conditions of confinement. In April, the ombudsman said that U.S. President Donald Trump refused to pardon the pilot. Konstantin Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia on May 28, 2010 and flown to the United States soon afterwards. On September 7, 2011, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for colluding to smuggle cocaine into the United States. He was caught after replying to an advertisement posted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who claimed they were selling a cargo plane for $1. He is serving his term in the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey.