Romania will not extradite Israeli to Belarus due to poor human rights - report

The court agreed that Roman Dorfman had no chance at a fair trial in Belarus due to the minimal human rights present in the country.

 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko enters a hall during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 11, 2022. (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko enters a hall during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 11, 2022.
(photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)

Romania will not extradite Israeli citizen Roman Dorfman to Belarus due to the minimal human rights in the country, Ynet reported late Tuesday night, citing a Romanian Supreme Court ruling.

Dorfman, a 38-year-old Safed resident and native of Moldova who works at Ben-Gurion Airport, has had an arrest warrant issued against him by Belarus for fraud worth around 15,000 euros. Dorfman has denied such allegations.

He was arrested while trying to travel to his mother's funeral after she perished in a fire accident at her residence, according to Israeli media. He was said to have been sentenced to around three years.

However, the court agreed with the argument that Dorfman had no chance at a fair trial in Belarus due to the minimal human rights present in the country, Ynet reported.

In the past few years, Romania has extradited its citizens to Russia and Ukraine, the report also said.

 Romanian flag. (credit: TIIA MONTO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS) Romanian flag. (credit: TIIA MONTO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Belarus is widely noted for its authoritarian rule by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has called himself Europe's last dictator. The US, EU and UK have all said that they do not recognize him as Belarus's legitimate president.