Edward Snowden would go to the US if he was sure that he would face a fair trial there, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says.
“Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US, but on the condition that he be given guarantees to receive a fair and impartial trial,” Kucherena told journalists on Tuesday, as cited by TASS.
The lawyer has said he received a letter from the US attorney-general promising no capital punishment for Snowden should he return to America.
“So what we are being guaranteed is not the fair trial, but that Snowden will not be executed,” Kucherena said. “And it’s done by a prosecutor, who according to the law, is not in any way able to determine a court’s decision.”
Kucherena says he does not trust news of certain countries’ readiness to accept Snowden.
“I suspect that as soon as he leaves Russia, he’s going to be taken to a US embassy,” he said.