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 Lutsenko: "Israeli colleagues confirm possibility of Stavytskyi’s extradition. We can propose him plea bargain"

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko discussed the possibility of extradition of Ukraine’s fugitive ex-ministers of Yanukovych tenure Eduard Stavytskyi and Dmytro Tabachnyk with the Israeli authorities.

As reported by Censor.NET, Lutsenko said in an interview with news website Forum Daily.

According to him, he held an informal meeting with "very interesting and charismatic Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman." He also held talks with the State Attorney Shai Nitzan, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

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"The Joint Actions Memorandum was signed. We focus on finding the money of the Ukrainian mafia. According to our information, the money is not in Israel at all. However, the Israeli experts, both current and retired, are offering assistance in this matter and it would be unwise not to take advantage of it," Lutsenko said.

"Our main topic concerned ex-Energy Minister of Yanukovych era Mr. Stavytskyi, who had changed his last name to Rosenberg in Israel. According to the case filed against him, he is suspected of illegal designation of a land plot for construction of the state mafia's residency - Mezhyhiria. The losses amounted to about $50 million.

"Stavytskyi was in charge of all shady transaction. We filed papers to serve him a notice of suspicions in Israel first. The documents for his extradition were submitted in June. I was discussing operational issues in these proceedings with my counterparts via the Foreign Ministry. We would even agree on his trial in Israel. But it would be too troublesome to summon witnesses and carry out other legal procedures," the prosecutor general explained.

According to Lutsenko, the request of the Ukrainian side will be closely examined by the Israeli law enforcement agencies.

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"I have found that we were on the same page with the Israeli side. This procedure depends not only on the Prosecutor General's Office and the Ministry of Justice, but also on Mr. Stavytskyi-Rosenberg, the judicial system, and other factors. The Israeli colleagues hinted that the extradition was possible if we provided guarantees of Mr. Stavytskyi-Rosenberg's serving his possible sentence in Israel. It is by no means a problem for our state.

"I also consider possibility of offering Stavytskyi a plea bargain. The relevant provision has already been legally regulated in Ukraine. It would not relieve him from the punishment and confiscation, but could downsize his prison term in case of cooperation with the investigation, and reduce procedures. We need a positive signal in this issue. Whether it will be forced for Mr. Stavytskyi or he will make a conciliatory gesture. The ball is in his court," Lutsenko stressed.

Speaking of another Yanukovych's minister Dmytro Tabachnyk, the prosecutor general said that he had been put on the international wanted list.

"His case is not as high-profile as that of Stavytskyi. The pre-trial investigation into him is still underway and no extradition decision has been taken so far," Lutsenko noted.
 
 
 
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