The Higher Regional Court of Brandenburg granted the request of the Prosecutor's Office on extradition arrest of Borys Tymonkin on Friday, June 26. The court based its decision on an increased risk of escape of the suspect. Thus, Tymonkin will not be admitted to bail and remain in prison in Cottbus where he was placed after his detention in Berlin-Schoenefeld airport on June 14.
The court's decision reads that the criminal acts that the suspect is charged with in Ukraine also fall under the German Criminal Code. This is the main prerequisite for the start of extradition proceedings. The court will also decide whether Tymonkin will be handed over to Ukraine when Kyiv submits all the necessary documents. It may take several months.
The suspect has not given consent to a simplified procedure of extradition to Ukraine as described in court papers. Therefore, it will remain in Germany as long as the court did not consider the legality of his extradition to Ukraine.
Ukrainian law enforcers consider Borys Tymonkin a member of Sergei Kurchenko's criminal group. He was charged with forgery and embezzlement of state property on a massive scale. The illegal trade by liquefied gas is primarily meant.
Meanwhile, the criminal case on suspicion of money laundering through the Sparschwein Gas GmbH, which operates a network of gas filling stations, is being investigated in Germany since autumn of 2013. These refueling stations were purchased by Sergei Kurchenko's group of companies SEPEK in 2012. The Prosecutor's Office of Brandenburg does not rule out that Borys Tymonkin will be questioned as part of this criminal case.