British immigration service holds for Russian Zatuliveter's appeal against extradition
LONDON, November 29 - RAPSI. The British Special Immigration Appeals Commission has held for an appeal filed by Russian citizen Katia Zatuliveter on Tuesday and revoked the British Interior Ministry's decision to extradite her from the country, RIA Novosti reported.
Judge John Mitting pronounced the commission's decision at a special closed session attended by Zatuliveter, 26, and her lawyers.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that Zatuliveter should not be extradited from the UK, as there is no evidence that she spied for Russia. The commission heard her appeal in the course of two weeks in October.
Zatuliveter, who earlier was the aide of British MP Mike Hancock and engaged in a four-year love affair with him, was arrested on December 2, 2010 on suspicion of spying for Russia and taken to a UK deportation center. The court issued an order for her extradition from the country "in the interests of national security." However she successfully challenged the order.
It was initially reported that Zatuliveter was suspected to be a Russian spy. However, no official charges have been brought against her.
Zatuliveter and her defense flatly denied the allegations. She was released on bail and lived in London throughout the hearings.