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Polish court should rule on former Russian prosecutor arrest

January 03, 2012, 3:38 UTC+3
If the former Russian prosecutor is put in custody Poland will begin to try a Russian extradition request for Ignatenko
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WARSAW, January 3 (Itar-Tass) —— The Polish district court in Novy-Sonch should rule on a temporary arrest of the former Russian prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko, who was detained in the resort city of Zakopane on accusations of bribe taking from the masterminds of the illegal gambling ring in the Moscow Region and who was put on the Interpol wanted list.

“In the morning, the prosecutor will decide whether the detained person can be placed under temporary arrest,” the spokesman for the Polish Prosecutor General’s office, Mariusz Martyniuk, said. Under Polish laws the police can detain Ignatenko for 48 hours. This deadline will expire at 20:00 local time (23:00 Moscow time) on Tuesday. The court should pass a verdict before this deadline.

If the former Russian prosecutor is put in custody Poland will begin to try a Russian extradition request for Ignatenko. This issue is also within the jurisdiction of the court. A negative verdict is final and cannot be appealed, a positive verdict should be approved by the Polish minister of justice.

The Polish Internal Security Agency detained Alexander Ignatenko at 20:00 local time (23:00 Moscow time) on January 1 at the exit from Zakopane, where he arrived several days ago to meet with his wife and child. His car was stopped at the exit from the city. Ignatenko did not put up resistance to the police.

According to Polish law enforcement agencies, the former prosecutor had a Lithuanian passport with his photo, but another surname. He did not produce this passport in the detention.

The Polish security services informed the Russian National Interpol Bureau about Ignatenko’s detention. “The Russian National Interpol Bureau has already sent a confirmation about him being on the international wanted list to Poland,” a representative of the Russian National Interpol Bureau said.

Spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin already stated that if Ignatenko is extradited to Russia “he will be handed over to detectives of the Russian Investigative Committee and necessary procedural actions will be taken against him.” “He will be put into custody and official accusations will be brought against him already in his presence,” he pointed out.

The former first deputy prosecutor in the Moscow Region Alexander Ignatenko, who is accused in absentia of bribe taking from the masterminds of an illegal gambling ring in the Moscow Region, was put on the Interpol wanted list on November 7, 2011. The detectives believe that from July 2009 to February 2011he received over 47 million roubles worth of bribes and other property and benefits for the coverage of the illegal gambling ring. He is also charged with fraud against the suspected illegal gambling mastermind Ivan Nazarov, to whom he had sold a plot of land in the Krasnogorsk district in the Moscow region for two million roubles though he had no right to do so.

 

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