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Spanish court closes case against Ukrainian oligarch Firtash

Source : 112 Ukraine

Spanish prosecutors failed to prove in court Firtash's participation in money laundering schemes
09:59, 16 November 2019

Dmytro Firtash
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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 reported 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.

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Firtash’s lawyers noted that Austria refused to extradite him to Spain, claiming that the request of Spanish prosecutors was based on “abstract allegations” and merely repeated the FBI’s charges without any evidence of his involvement in a structure, allegedly created in Spain for money laundering organized crime.

In November 2016, Spanish Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office demanded to arrest and extradite Dmytro Firtash from Vienna. The request of the Spanish prosecutors was postponed by an Austrian court in August 2017.

Firtash was detained on March 12, 2014 in Vienna at the request of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since then, he has been kept in Austria, waiting for a decision on his extradition to the United States. The US suspects Firtash of bribing Indian authorities to obtain a license to develop titanium deposits.

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March 13, the Vienna Regional Court decided on extradition arrest, and after eight days, Firtash went on bail of 125 million EUR. On April 30, 2015, a Vienna court rejected the extradition request.

February 21, 2017, the Vienna High Land Court allowed to extradite Firtash to the US. On the same day, Firtash was detained at the request of Spain, which put the businessman on the international wanted list at the end of 2016. But an Austrian court refused to extradite Firtash to Spain.

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