Austrian Prosecutor's Office receives request of Firtash extradition to Spain

Source : 112 Ukraine

Firtash is accused of money laundering in Spain
13:10, 30 November 2016


Austrian Prosecutor's Office received a request to extradite Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Fyratash to Spain. The request came through officially and is examined by the Prosecutor's Office of Vienna.

It was reported by Deutsche Welle, referring to the press secretary of the Office.

According to the procedure, if the prosecutor detects circumstances that obstruct the extradition of the suspect, the case will be passed to the court. If the decision of the court is affirmative, then Austrian Ministry of Justice will say the last word.

It is reported that Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Spain put Firtash on international wanted list along with two of his possible accomplices - citizens of Ukraine. He is accused of money laundering in Spain, the report said, citing a representative of the Spanish Prosecutor's Office.

Simultaneously with the issuance of the search warrant, five other possible accomplices of Firtash were arrested in Barcelona and Marbella resort town on November 24.

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They created a number of offshore companies for a billionaire, although some part of the capital stayed in Spain and was invested in real estate.  It is about "tens of millions of euros of illicit origin," according to Prosecutor’s Office information.

Earlier it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of Spain takes up Firtash case as part of “Variola” operation, launched in July 2016 with the arrest of the son of the former mayor of Kyiv Leonid Chernovetskyi in Barcelona.

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