The general prosecutor's office of the Chambery Court of Appeal is appealing in cassation after the refusal of the extradition to Ukraine of the wealthy Ukrainian businessman and former deputy Kostiantin Jevago, the public prosecutor's office announced on Friday to AFP.
The investigating chamber of the court of appeal on Thursday opposed the extradition request for the businessman for "
", arguing the war situation in Ukraine, the requesting state.
He is therefore today not in a position to guarantee that Kostiantin Jevago will be tried by a court guaranteeing fundamental freedoms
", estimated justice.
$113 million embezzled
Arrested on December 28 in Courchevel (Savoie), placed in pre-trial detention for a few days and then under judicial supervision since January 5, the owner of the mining group Ferrexpo is accused by the authorities of his country of having embezzled 113 million dollars from his bank. , Finance and Credit Bank.
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At the hearing on March 16, Advocate General Richard Pallain had stressed that a "
part of Ukraine
" was not in a situation of "
conflict of intensity
", which "
would make it possible
" to send Kostiantin Jevago back to his country.
The lawyers of the former deputy had on the contrary put forward the risks incurred by their client in the event of extradition in a country "
" by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on "
all its territory
Thursday, after the pronouncement of the decision by the magistrates of the chamber of instruction, one of the three lawyers, Me François Zimeray, had welcomed a decision “
of common sense
Kostiantin Jevago was also a deputy from 1998 to 2019, sometimes sitting as an independent, sometimes in the camp of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.