Spain puts Firtash on international wanted list, - source

Source : 112 Ukraine

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
17:06, 25 November 2016


Ukrainian businessman and gas tycoon Dmytro Firtash was put on international wanted list by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Spain, together with his two accomplices - citizens of Ukraine. This was reported by DW with reference to the representative of the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor’s Office refused to give the names of other wanted persons, referring to the "interests of the investigation."

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Interlocutor of the publication noted that along with the issuance of warrants for the investigation in Barcelona and the city of Marbella, on November 24, five other possible accomplices of Firtash were arrested. They were directly involved in money laundering for Ukrainian oligarch. The famous Spanish lawyer Antonio de Fortuna is among detainees.

According to Prosecutor’s Office, these people created for a number of offshore companies for Firtash, although a certain percentage of capital settled in Spain and was invested in real estate. According to the representative, it is about "tens of millions of euros of illicit origin." The prosecutor refused to provide the exact amount.

Firtash is in Vienna at the moment, waiting for the consideration of the appeal on his case on extradition to the USA.

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