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 Firtash surrenders foreign passport as court remands him on previous bail, - lawyers

On Feb. 23, Vienna's Higher Regional Court, having considered Spain's request for the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash, ruled to release him without posting additional bail.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine quoting the lawyers of the oligarch.

Read more: Lawyer says Firtash may stay in Vienna for another year

The ruling also orders the businessman to surrender his foreign passport.

Dmytro Firtash, the chairman of the Group DF Supervisory Council, was arrested in Austria on March 12, 2014 at the request of the United States. The Ukrainian businessman was accused of giving a bribe totaling $18.5 million to receive a permit for the extraction of raw titanium in India for subsequent sale of finished products in the U.S.

Vienna's Higher Regional Court first ruled to put Firtash under extradition arrest, but then decided to remand him on a 125 million euro bail with obligation not to leave Austria. On April 30, 2015, the same court overturned the U.S. Department of Justice request for the extradition of Firtash, citing political motives. In September 2015, Vienna's prosecution appealed the decision, and Vienna's Higher Regional Court granted the appeal on Feb. 21, 2017.

Read more: Firtash detained in Vienna on Spain's arrest warrant

Minutes after the Austrian court granted the request for Firtash's extradition to the U.S., he was detained on Spain's arrest warrant.

The court was to impose pre-trial restriction against Firtash approximately by 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The arrest warrant issued by Spain stipulates that the court of first instance is to address the issue of Firtash's extradition within 30 days after the decision on pre-trial restriction. The court of second instance will have another 30 days to consider the case if appealed.

The final decision on the extradition rests with Austria's federal minister of justice. According to the lawyers, Firtash may spend between several months and a year in the Austrian capital as his case is unprecedented for the Austrian justice.

Read more: Vienna prosecutor's office receives Spain's request to extradite Firtash, - DW

The lawyers said the previously posted 125 million euro bail was still effective, adding Firtash could freely leave Austria in the period between the April 30, 2015 decision of the first instance court that overturned the request for his extradition to the United States and the opposite decision by the appeals court, adopted on Feb. 21, 2017.
   
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