The court considered extradition eligible and settled a claim by the Prosecutor’s Office, representing the U.S.
Earlier today, on February 21, the Austrian High Court in Vienna was hearing the appeal by the U.S. on Austria’s previous decision denying his extradition in 2015.
The hearing kicked off at 10:00. Denis Gorbunenko, former chairman of the management board of the Rodovid Bank, Borys Krasnyansky, the head of Group DF, Anna Bezlyudnaya, the head of Inter Media Group, Lada Firtash, wife of the oligarch.
It is reported that Dmytro Firtash refused from his last plea, saying that he had nothing to add to the words of his lawyers.
FBR accuses Firtash of corruption while obtaining a permit license for development of titanium deposits in India. Supposedly the oligarch and his employees paid 19 million euros to Indian public officers.
The U.S. sent their first extradition request to Vienna on October 30, 2013. However, in several days the application was withdrawn. The second request came on February 27, 2014. The arrest warrant was issued on March 12, the oligarch was detained on the same day.
Firtash got out of jail a week later on 125 million euro bail furnished by a friend of his, a Russian billionaire Vasily Anisimov. Dmytro Firtash was committed not to leave Vienna. The case was heard again only a year later – the judge Christoph Bauer denyied the extradition to the United States.
Apart from that the National Police is investigating two criminal proceedings directly involving Dmytro Firtash – the case against group of companies ОЅТСНЕМ on inflicting losses to the country for over $ 200 bln, the other case deals with disposition of 11 billion cubic meters of gas and 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas in the form of punitive sanctions by NaftoGaz Ukraine to RosUkrEnergo AG, owned by Firtash.
In addition, the National Police initiated a criminal proceeding on credit default on the appeal of the National Bank of Ukraine.