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 Former head of State Investments Agency Kaskiv apprehended in Panama, asks for political shelter

Former head of the State Investments Agency Vladyslav Kaskiv asked for political shelter in Panama.

Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"This night (Kyiv time) the Panama court chose preventive measure for Kaskiv as a pledge of 600,000 USD and restricted his mobility to Panama city. As soon as he pays the pledge, he will be released. Kaskiv was ordered to report to the local police department twice a week," Yenin wrote.

"Kaskiv's willingness to cooperate with the Ukrainian law enforcers turned out to be a 'bogus'. There will be no shortened extradition procedure for Kaskiv. He asked for political shelter. Chances of satisfaction are quite low, but he will gain some time," the official added.

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Earlier, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko announced that ex-head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine Vladyslav Kaskiv was apprehended in Panama Aug. 18.

As previously reported, in 2012 Kaskiv signed a $1 billion contract with Spain's company Gas Natural on investment in a liquefied gas (LNG) terminal on Ukraine's Black Sea Coast. Later, the Spanish side stated it did not know the person who had signed the contract on its behalf. The man's name was Jordi Sarda Bonvehi, a ski instructor from Barcelona region.
 
 
 
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