Oligarch Firtash May Be Extradited to the USA

PeopleEntrepreneurs ♦ Published: June 25, 2019; 19:58 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash may be extradited from Austria to the USA. The Supreme Court of Justice of Austria (OGH) confirmed a corresponding ruling of the Vienna Higher Regional Court (OLG) and dismissed both a nullity appeal of the General Procurator's Office and a renewal application by Firtash's defense counsel. The decision as to whether Firtash will actually be extradited lies now with the new Austrian Minister of Justice, Clemens Jabloner.

Austrian Supreme Court of Justice: Firtash extradition is legal / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / V.Diegtiar [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

In March 2014, Firtash was arrested at the headquarters of his Austrian subsidiary in Vienna on suspicion of bribery and membership in a criminal organization.

The reason was an arrest warrant issued in 2013 by a US federal district court on the basis of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The FBI had been investigating Firtash since 2006.

In March, Firtash was…