Russia prepares extradition request for ex-prosecutor
MOSCOW, January 31 - RAPSI. The Prosecutor General’s Office has prepared all the documents to have former Moscow Region Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko extradited from Poland, the office reported on Tuesday.
“In response to questions from mass media the Prosecutor General’s Office reported that the Deputy Prosecutor General in charge of international cooperation signed on January 30 all the requisite documents for Ignatenko’s extradition,” said the source.
The decision has been made in strict compliance with the 1957 European Convention on Extradition, international treaties and Russian criminal procedure, the source added.
Uncovered several months ago, the high-profile Moscow Region illegal casino scandal incited a 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.
A suspect in the casino case, Ignatenko was placed on the international wanted list.
Poland's Internal Security Agency detained Ignatenko at the popular Polish ski resort, Zakopane on January 1. On January 4, the Nowy Sacz District Court decided to place him in custody until February 9, 2012. Now Warsaw is expecting a request for the suspect's extradition from Poland. As soon as the court receives the materials it will examine whether it is possible to hand Ignatenko over to Russia. The Polish Justice Minister will make the final decision in the matter.