Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Weinstein in court; Ireland abortion vote; Italy's populist takeover

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Lira in spotlight as Turkish election campaign rolls on

Read more

#TECH 24

Thousands gather for France's annual tech rendez vous

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'We sell dreams, passion,' says French Open's Guy Forget

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

The French are so rude! Or is it just a misunderstanding?

Read more

REVISITED

After key battle, Syrian town of Kobane looks to the future

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'War is not an option,' says former FARC guerrilla leader

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Madagascar political crisis: Top court orders formation of unity government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ireland's abortion referendum

Read more

Europe

US tells Russia Snowden won’t face death penalty

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-07-26

In a letter sent to the Russian government, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal charges against fugitive former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden do not carry the death penalty and will not if he is extradited.

Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

In a letter dated July 23, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden faces do not carry the death penalty and that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty even if Snowden were charged with additional death penalty-eligible crimes.

Holder says his letter follows news reports that Snowden, who leaked information on largely secret electronic surveillance programs, has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty.

The attorney general’s letter was sent to Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov, the Russian minister of justice.

(AP)

Date created : 2013-07-26

  • RUSSIA

    Edward Snowden to stay at Moscow airport

    Read more

  • RUSSIA

    Putin says Snowden dubious 'gift’ to Russia from US

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY - TRADE

    US chides China over Snowden extradition at trade talks

    Read more

COMMENT(S)