The Warsaw District Court examined the case of extradition to Sweden of Russian Denis Lisov, who in Gothenburg voluntarily took three of his daughters from a foster family of Lebanese origin. The man was detained on April 1 at the airport in Warsaw, when he was waiting for departure to Moscow. The judge decided to remove the arrest from Lisov in order to prevent the extradition of the Russian and his separation from his family. In Sweden, a Russian citizen faces punishment - four years in prison.
“The court considers that the European arrest warrant issued by the Swedish authorities in this case violates the freedoms and rights of citizen Denis Lisov,” the judge said.
Lawyer Lisov Babken Khanzadyan told RT that the court issued such a verdict, guided by the need to preserve the family.
“In Poland, there is no such law, on the basis of which one can judge a father, not deprived of parental rights, for taking his children from strangers. In addition, Poland initially stood on the fact that the family can not be separated. Also, the court did not want to extradite Denis, since he faces four years in prison in Sweden. The hearings on the criminal case were held behind closed doors, but our lawyers worked there and did everything possible. It was after the court’s verdict that an arrest warrant was issued, and then Lisov was put on the international wanted list, ”Khanzadyan says.
As explained by the lawyer, now, by a court decision, the relevant law enforcement agencies will receive a request and the international search will be removed from Denis in the near future. According to the court decision, not a single European country will extradite Lisov, arrest will be threatened only in Sweden.
“I am very pleased with this verdict. We have saved the family. Lisov is a father, not a criminal. Everyone in Poland: the guardianship authorities, the prosecutor's office, the police, the border guards were against the separation of the family and did not allow this possibility. In June, the prosecutor decided not to detain Lisov before the trial, although usually he was always detained due to the threat of escape. Denis did not. I myself am the father of three daughters, so the case of Lisov is very close to me, ”summed up the lawyer.
Khanzadyan said that today everyone who was worried about Lisov and participated in his work will be happy, but tomorrow it will be necessary to think about future plans. According to the lawyer, within a month the question of the refugee status of Lisov should be resolved.
Denis himself in conversation with RT did not hide his joy, although, according to him, he was very worried until the last moment.
“I am glad that this heavy stone fell from the soul,” Denis shared with RT. - Before the meeting, I was worried and we, with lawyers, of course, hoped for the best. They reassured me that everything would be fine, but I still worried. After the judge read out the verdict, the tension passed. Now the Swedish side has the opportunity to appeal the court’s ruling, but we hope that they will not do that. ”
Denis told RT that he would now wait for a decision on the issue of obtaining a residence permit in Poland. He also spoke about the health of his daughters. Recall that after suffering stress, the health of all girls was greatly shaken. As previously reported RT, the eldest daughter lost 15 kg and her body was severely depleted. The youngest daughter developed asthma, and the middle one stops breathing.
“The eldest daughter is now on treatment, the youngest needs a specialist examination. Now there are no problems in obtaining medical care. With the help of the embassy, lawyers and the Armenian community, we get everything we need. The girls feel much better, - shared the fox. - In September, daughters will be able to go to kindergarten and school. Now this question is being resolved. ”
Recall that the story of Denis Lisov was publicized in the spring of 2019. As RT previously reported, a native of Khabarovsk moved with his wife to Sweden in 2012. Two years later, a woman became seriously ill and went to the hospital. Then the guardians intervened in the privacy of the Lisovs. They considered that the father alone could not cope with parental duties, seized three daughters and placed in a foster family of natives of Lebanon.
The girls often cried, the orders of the Muslim family were alien to them. Then Denis during the next meeting decided to steal his children. He moved to Poland by ferry, but at the airport in Warsaw, waiting for his flight to Moscow, was detained under an international warrant.