Austrian Court Approves Ukrainian Oligarch’s Extradition to U.S.
If found guilty, Firtash could face 80 years in prison and the confiscation of his property
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Austrian Justice Minister Clemens Jabloner gave permission for Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to be extradited to the United States where he faces bribery charges in Chicago.
The decision was made after consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They gave their opinion on the national interests of Austria, theBabel reported.
Despite the permission given by the Vienna Regional Court, Firtash won’t be going to the United States yet. His lawyers have filed a motion for a retrial.
Firtash was arrested in Vienna on March 12, 2014, at the request of American authorities.
He was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was placed on an international wanted list. He is suspected of bribing Indian officials with $18.5 million for permission to develop titanium deposits in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Firtash allegedly planned to sell the finished products to Boeing for an annual profit of some $500 million.
Firtash still owns Group DF, a conglomerate that includes regional gas distribution companies, titanium and fertilizer plants in Ukraine. The group also controls several Ukrainian television channels, including one of the most-watched stations, Inter, KyivPost reported.
If found guilty, Firtash could face 80 years in prison and the confiscation of his property, Voice of America reported.
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