Austria: Firtash Extradition to US Blocked by 'Extensive' Bid to Reopen Case

This story originated in VOA's Ukrainian Service.  Some information is from AP.WASHINGTON — The Austrian justice minister's Tuesday announcement that he will extradite Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to face bribery charges in the United States has been upended by an application to reopen the case in Vienna.Last month, Austria's Supreme Court upheld a decision granting a U.S. request to extradite the gas tycoon — who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort — paving the way for him to face trial in a Chicago courtroom.Firtash, who denies any wrongdoing, is facing a U.S. indictment that accuses him of a conspiracy to pay bribes in India to mine titanium, which is used in jet engines.A longtime supporter of Ukraine's ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, Firtash is alleged to have made billions of dollars selling Russian-subsidized gas to the Kyiv government. He later launched profitable ventures in television and chemicals production, and has long-established connections with businessmen from the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin, attracting the interests of U.S. law enforcement agencies.On Tuesday, the Austria Press Agency reported that Justice Minister Clemens Jabloner had approved Firtash's extradition, but a Vienna state court judge ruled it could only take place after that court has decided on the defense motion to reconsider the matter.'Extremely extensive material’Court spokeswoman Christina Salzborn said the defense provided "extremely extensive material.""At the moment, there is no date set for the extradition," Salzborn told VOA's Ukrainian Service. "The accused applied for a reopening of the case and submitted numerous documents. ... Due to the load of data and newly submitted evidence, it will take some time to assess the reopening request."The court decision can once more be subject of an appeal, so even after the court's decision regarding the reopening request, I... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Austria: Firtash Extradition to US Blocked by 'Extensive' Bid to Reopen Case, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Austria: Firtash Extradition to US Blocked by 'Extensive' Bid to Reopen Case





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July



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