A lawyer for a Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash said that he had lent one million dollars to Lev Parnas, an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and Parnas’ wife in order for them to buy a home in Florida. It was reported by Reuters.
Ralph Isenegger, Firtash's Dubai-based lawyer, said in an emailed statement to Reuters that the interest-bearing loan was a personal business transaction.
Lev Parnas, who became one of the main figures in Trump's impeachment inquiry, was arrested in the U.S. earlier this year.
However, he showed an intention to cooperate with U.S. House of Representatives. His apparent decision to work with the congressional committees represented a change of heart. It is worth mentioning that Parnas had declined a request from three House of Representatives committees to provide documents and testimony before that.
As we reported earlier, a criminal case initiated by the Spanish Investigation Court No. 21 in Barcelona against 17 people, including Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash, is closed. El Español outlet informed about this, referring to one of the judges considering the case.
"Today, the content of the investigation data is based solely on suspicion and does not contain significant evidence of a crime, committed by any of the accused," Judge Ignacio Sánchez assured.
Firtash’s defense filed a motion to terminate an ongoing case, citing the justification for the refusal of extradition, earlier ruled by the decisions of the Austrian courts.