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 Austrian court denies Firtash's extradition to United States

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The Regional Court of Vienna on criminal cases denied the U.S. Department of Justice's request for the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

The corresponding decision of the court was announced on April 30, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

On March 12, 2014 the Austrian police arrested Firtash in Vienna in connection with an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the corruption case regarding Indian officials in the implementation of an investment project in India in 2006, in which Firtash allegedly participated.

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The United States issued a request for the extradition of the suspect. On March 21, 2014 an Austrian court released Firtash on 125 million euro bail. Firtash and his lawyers set up their line of defense around the alleged political motivation of his persecution by the United States.

The oligarch insists that he has been supporting Klychko and allegedly done a great deal for the removal of Yanukovych from power from since as early as 2012.

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According to him, the Americans did not like his support of Klychko and began his political persecution.

The April 30 trial was attended by Ukrainian citizens Yuliia Liovochkina, Vadym Rabinovych, Mykhailo Papiiev, and Yurii Boiko. Vitalii Klychko provided testimony through video-conference.

 
 
 
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