Norway to send Russian neo-Nazi back
A Norwegian court cleared the way Wednesday for a Russian neo-Nazi who escaped from a psychiatric institute in Russia and sought asylum in Norway to be sent back to his home country.
Viacheslav Datsik, 30, was carrying a loaded gun when he reported to Norwegian police on September 21 to ask for asylum and was promptly detained for illegal possession of weapons.
He fought a request for his extradition from Moscow, saying he had been tortured and otherwise ill-treated by the authorities in the past. He immediately appealed against Wednesday's court ruling.
Justice Minister Knut Storberger, who has the last word on Datsik's extradition, has already spoken in favour of it.
Datsik was a former mixed martial arts champion specialising in kickboxing who was nicknamed "The Red Tarzan."
He was locked up in a Russian psychiatric institute after robbing a number of mobile phone shops, and escaped by ripping open the fence with his bare hands, according to tabloid reports.
Datsik was photographed in Oslo wearing a black T-shirt with a swastika, and performed a Hitler salute in a Norwegian courtroom despite wearing handcuffs.
© 2011 AFP