The US Department of Justice will abolish the death penalty until 1999 The case of Craig Lang, an army veteran who fought with an extreme right-wing militant group in Ukraine, has been accused by authorities of killing a married couple in south-west Florida in April 2018.
The case is being closely monitored by U.S. officials and experts studying far-right extremism, who have become increasingly concerned about Americans traveling to Ukraine to train with far-right militias to gain combat experience.
During a hearing in Fort Myers on Monday, Jesus’s Assistant Attorney-at-Law, Jesus Jesus Casas, told the court that the government had decided to drop the death penalty in hopes of speeding up Lang’s extradition from Ki, who lives under limited house arrest.
Ukraine is sensitive to the issue of the death penalty, which was abolished in 2000. Lang և his lawyers appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which ordered the postponement of Lang’s extradition until he could reconsider his case. The ECHR spokesman did not say when the review would be completed.
During a hearing on Monday, Cassas said the US government would still try to execute Lang Wolfelhofer, an army veteran who also fought alongside far-right extremists in eastern Ukraine, who has been under US custody since 2019.
Lang, 30 և Wifelhofer, 23, are accused of using a fake Seraphim “Dani” Lorenzo և to seduce Diana Lorenzo at a nightclub at a business complex in the city of Estero, where the couple hoped to buy weapons. men են resell them for profit. Instead, Lang’s w if wifelhofer allegedly dramatically shot Lorenzo attack, left them to die, stole $ 3,000.
After killing the Uyghur, the former soldiers planned to flee to South America on a yacht with the money, where they wanted to “take part in the armed conflict against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” and kill the “communists”, authorities claimed. However, the escape did not go according to plan, և Z Weifelhofer was later captured in his native Wisconsin և moved to Florida, where he is awaiting trial, which will take place in December. Lang managed to return to Ukraine, but was eventually detained By the Ukrainian authorities in August 2019, shortly after returning from a trip to Moldova. The border guards stopped him after seeing that an arrest warrant had been issued by Interpol.
In a text message, Lang’s chief lawyer in Ukraine, Dmitry Morhoun, declined to comment on the new development on Monday.
A relative of Lorenzos told BuzzFeed News on Monday that they were pleased with the development. In April, a relative who asked not to be named for security reasons said they did not want to execute Lang. they just want him back in Florida for a trial. “We just want him to pay,” said the relative.
Bjorn Brunwand, a U.S. court-appointed lawyer for Lang, told Judge Sherry Polster Chapel that he had “inquired” about Lang’s extradition, but said it was not yet clear when Lang would be in US custody.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Lang’s status, Casas told Judge Chapelle that the government was pursuing the Vielhelhofer case in a different light.
Government attorneys Lang Weifelhofer agreed that the epidemic had slowed their progress in gathering supplies to prepare for the trial. Wielhelhofer’s lawyer D. Todd Doss said he needed more time to travel, meet with witnesses, and gather documents to defend his client.
Lang and Wifelhofer first met in Ukraine, where in 2016 they joined the far-right group Right Section. Known for himself neo-Nazi membership և Alleged human rights violationsIt developed from an alliance of right-wing militias formed during the 2014 Euromaidan uprising in Ukraine. The right wing was later transformed into a volunteer battalion after Russia seized control of Crimea and started a war in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
Other Americans who fought in Ukraine told BuzzFeed News In interviews, Lang և wifelhofer became increasingly radical in their extreme right-wing views while in the country.
The two men left Ukraine in 2017 after the fighting eased, then tried their luck by joining forces in South Sudan. They did not manage to do so, instead they were taken to the United States, where the authorities claimed that they would eventually regroup and plan an attack on Lorenzo to finance more foreign combat adventures.
Since then, Lang has been either in prison or under house arrest in Ukraine. She now lives in Ki’s with her fiancé և their baby և has to wear an ankle monitor. He told BuzzFeed News in February that he was teaching English to Ukrainians to support his family.
At the same hearing, Lang claimed that the US government wanted to prosecute him for alleged war crimes on the battlefields of Ukraine.
“Any separatist or Russian soldier I killed will be charged with murder,” he told a Ukrainian court. “Understand that any soldier I can capture will be charged with kidnapping.”