Ukrainian businessman detained in Switzerland under suspicion of kidnapping of ex-Kherson mayor

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian court has already implemented all conditions necessary for the extradition
17:20, 2 January 2019

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The law enforcers of Switzerland have detained Ukrainian Denys Pashchenko under suspicion of kidnapping of ex-mayor of Kherson Volodymyr Saldo in the Dominican Republic as Ukrainian News reported citing the materials of the court.

It is stated that the Ukrainian police hold an investigation of the kidnapping and forcible keeping of Saldo in the Dominican Republic.

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It is established that he came there on June 20, 2016, at the invitation of his friend, businessman Pashchenko. The holding of the negotiations with the potential partners in business became the pretext for the meeting.

On June 21, 2016, ex-mayor of Kherson was deprived of his liberty at one of the houses in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic and he could not freely negotiate and move. Then Pashchenko took possession of the property of the victim, particularly his iPhone 6.

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It is reported that Pashchenko sent the messages, with photo and video information on the deprivation of his liberty to an assistant of Saldo from this phone. He expressed the threats on the murder of ex-mayor in the case the property amounted $2 million is not passed to him.

The people close to Saldo agreed to pass the property in such amount.

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In July 2016, the assistance of Saldo had flown 2011 Audi A7, which costs $50,000 from Kherson to Kyiv and passed it to Pashchenko.  

Then the relatives of Saldo re-registered one-room apartment in Kherson, which costs $2,230 and land plot square 0,09 ha, which costs $3,200 and land plot square 0,1 ha, which costs $3,600.

Moreover, the perpetrator got 2016 Volvo XC90, which costs $50,000 in August 2016.

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Totally, Pashchenko sustained material damage by criminal actions in the sum of almost $122,000.

On March 1, 2017, the businessman was notified about suspicion in absentia. Pashchenko was put on the wanted list on March 6, 2017, and on the international wanted list on November 1, 2018.

In December 2018, the National Bureau of Interpol in Switzerland informed the Ukrainian police about the arrest of wanted Ukrainian Pashchenko. Ukraine is obliged to prepare and sent all necessary materials on the request of extradition of the suspect up to January 3, 2019.

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The Ukrainian court has already implemented all conditions necessary for the extradition and chose the restrictive measure in the form of the arrest for the suspect in absentia.

In August 2016, ex-mayor of Kherson Saldo claimed to be kidnapped in the Dominican Republic and was detained for 50 days; he called Denys Pashchenko contractor.

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In his turn, the businessman did not plead guilty and stated that he was kidnapped by Saldo, who was arrested by police and convicted in the Dominican Republic.

On April 24, 2018, brother of Denys Pashchenko was shot dead in the downtown of Kherson.


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