UPDATE: Craig Lang has not been extradited yet. The first variant of the title of the article said that he has been extradited already.
After a year-long-saga, Ukraine decided to extradite Craig Lang, an American who fought in the “Right Sector” and served under a contract in the Ukrainian army, to the United States, Strana.ua reports.
Back in the US, he is charged with two crimes – the premeditated murder of a married couple and participation in mercenary units.
For the first crime, Craig could face the death penalty.
However, the Ukrainian judicial system was in no hurry to extradite the American: apparently, the authorities were trying to avoid accusations of “zrada” from the volunteer-athos activists. But now the court has suddenly ruled to bring Lang into the hands of American justice.
Initially, the sentencing took a while, because authorities wanted to avoid being accused of “treason” by the volunteer battalions.
And the moment to extradite him is quite opportune, since all the volunteer battalion activists are busy with a scandal surrounding the Ukrainian Constitutional court, so he was quickly extradited.
It was at the height of the “constitutional” scandal that the Attorney General’s Office did what the Americans had long been asking for.
The story of the American mercenary itself is very indicative – from the point of view of the fact that foreigners fought in Eastern Ukraine. And how these people have been avoiding criminal liability for crimes far from war for many years, using the indulgence of volunteers.
Craig Austin Lang was born in North Carolina. At the age of 18 he went to the army, fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the army, he acquired a whole arsenal of weapons. And in 2014 he decided to kill his pregnant wife for “treason.”
Lang placed mines around his wife’s house in North Carolina. As a result, he was disarmed and sent to prison for several months.
According to Lang, the US Army knew about his mental problems, but did nothing to fix the problem.
“I have repeatedly told my commanders that I was going to kill her. But they thought I was bluffing,” Lang said.
As a result, the former soldier lost his medical insurance, weapons license and veteran’s benefits, and his wife took his truck and house.
In addition, his alimony payments increased, so the former military man decided to go to fight in Ukraine.
He arrived in Ukraine in 2015. Upon arrival, he organized Task Force Pluto in the Right Sector units. In general, he spent about one and a half years at the front.
In an interview, he said that he had come to help the Ukrainians in the fight against Russia.
Allegedly, his arrival was facilitated by “all the shit” that took place on the Maidan.
“I saw that people want change. And so, I decided to come,” he said.
In November 2015, Lang had legal grounds to sign a contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine together with the soldiers of the Georgian Legion – the Ukrainian Parliament adopted bill No. 2389 on the passage of military service by foreigners and stateless persons in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For several months he served on the front line in the area of the Svetlodar arc.
However, Craig Lange was not in Ukraine all this time. He also went back to the United States.
On August 21st, 2019, an American was detained at the border with Moldova.
At the crossing in Mogilev-Podolsk, Vinnytsia region, border guards discovered that Lang was wanted by Interpol – for a double murder in Florida that happened in April 2018.
The materials of the criminal case say that Lang, together with his associate Alex Zwifelhofer (who also fought in the “Right Sector”), posted an advertisement on the Armslist.com website for the sale of 15 types of firearms (including Glock pistols and a powerful rifle).
In April 2018, an elderly couple from Florida, 53-year-old businessman Seraphin Lorenzo, with his wife Dina, responded to the offer.
The parties agreed to meet in this small American town. After the spouses arrived at the agreed place, Lang and his friend, according to the investigation, shot the buyers.
On April 10th, the police discovered the bodies of the spouses, riddled with bullets, in a car parked in the church parking lot. Seraphin Lorenzo received 11 shots to the head, neck and stomach. His wife was shot 7 times – in the head and body.
There were no weapons or money in the car, but Lorenzo’s cell phone remained, where the correspondence with the arms dealer from the Armslist website was preserved. Investigators traced the correspondence back to Alex Zwifelhofer’s mobile phone.
The main motive for the crime is theft. The three thousand dollars that the victims had were needed by Lang and his friend Alex to pay for a trip to Venezuela, where they planned to fight on the side of the opposition – against Nicolas Maduro.
Authorities arrested Zwifelhofer in May 2019 after detaining him for trying to buy weapons in Wisconsin. Like Lang, he denies being responsible for the double murder.
On August 23rd, 2019, the Mogilev-Podolsk District Court sent Craig Lang to a pre-trial detention center for 40 days.
However, after the expiration of the measure of restraint, the American was released under house arrest.
This happened according to a pattern that had been rolled out in Ukraine: Lang was declared a volunteer and defender of Ukraine. The lawyers handed over to the court documents according to which Craig served in the “Right Sector” and the “Georgian Legion”.
Murder isn’t Lang’s only alleged crime, though. It is alleged that he sent American white radicals to Azov.
According to the FBI, while serving in the ATO, he contacted other Americans whom he recruited to fight in Eastern Ukraine.
Long story short, he was finally convicted and will be extradited to face justice, and he even shared the woes of his difficult fate on Facebook.
Regardless, this is yet another example of the individuals that continue fighting on the side of Kiev in Eastern Ukraine.
This goes nicely with the ISIS-trained terrorists, which were proven to have taken part in Ukraine, as per 2018.
These individuals are also still somewhere in Ukraine, unattended. Instead, Kiev uses them as a part of its censorship and pressure campaign against the opposition, independent media and the canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). These very persons seize church properties, beat and threaten to kill opposition activists, attack journalists and loot businesses under the pretext of promoting the so-called Ukrainian patriotism and repelling the ‘Russian aggression’.
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