Poland supports Russian ex-prosecutor's extradition
MOSCOW, April 2 - RAPSI. Polish Prosecutor's Office recommends giving up former Moscow Region Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko to Russian authorities, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper reported on Monday.
Ignatenko is a suspect in a multimillion gambling case. His case materials have been delivered to the Polish Ministry of Justice which is to pass the final decision whether to extradite him or not.
The high-profile Moscow Region illegal casino scandal provoked a major public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the region. According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in revenue monthly.
The Basmanny District Court in Moscow issued an arrest warrant for Ignatenko in absentia last July and he was put on the international wanted list in November.
In January, Ignatenko was detained at the Zakopane ski resort with a false Latvian passport.
The Nowy Sacz District Court decided to put him under temporary arrest until February 9, 2012, and later extended it until June 9.
The ministry expects the extradition decision to be taken within a month.
Gambling has been illegal in Russia - except in four designated zones - since 2009, but is thought to flourish in a huge undercover business.