The higher regional court of Vienna on Tuesday, 19 December, refused Spain’s extradition of a Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. It is reported by the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
This final decision of the highest court confirmed a similar decree of the Vienna criminal court, rendered at the end of August 2017.
It is noted that Spain had refused to extradite the tycoon because of the lack of validity of the petition.
The publication also refers to the decision of the Austrian court “partial success Firtash from a legal point of view.”
In February 2017 the Higher regional court of Vienna allowed the extradition of Firtash in the USA. However, the Spanish order was the reason for the delay: according to Austrian law if there are two concurrent requests from different countries for the extradition of the same person, the decision of whom to give the suspect, taken by the Minister of justice.
In the US oligarch accused of giving $18 million bribe to Indian officials to obtain permits for the development of titanium deposits in India. Later Firtash was accused of giving undue advantage to some citizens of the United States.
In October 2016, Firtash was declared wanted by the anti-corruption authorities in Spain. Oligarch suspected of laundering nearly €10 million through the property and restaurants are in Catalonia.
See also special project LIGA.net: the Way Firtash. From tomatoes to prison