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Russia has not received materials regarding Kerimov

September 02, 2013, 16:33 UTC+3
Billionaire Suleiman Kerimov accused of abuse of office, put on wanted list
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

Photo ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

MINSK, September 2 (Itar-Tass) - Russia has not received any materials regarding Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, major shareholder in the Russian Uralkali potash company and the Belarusian Potash Company, who was put on the wanted list by the Belarusian Investigative Committee, a source in the law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass on Monday.

“The materials regarding Kerimov have not been passed in the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office yet,” he said. The source noted that the Russian legislation does not envisage extradition of Russian citizens to other countries.

According to Article 61 Part 1 of the Russian Constitution, a Russian citizen cannot be deported from Russia or extradited to another country. The same provision is included in the Russian Criminal Code. Article 13 Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code envisages that Russian citizens, who committed a crime in a foreign country, cannot be extradited to that country.

It was previously reported that that The Belarusian Investigative Committee “decided on a measure of restraint of putting Kerimov under arrest and he was put on the Interpol wanted list.”

Kerimov put on the Interpol wanted list may be detained by the law enforcement agencies of other countries. “Then the issue of his extradition to Belarus will be settled in a concrete country according to the specific legislation,” the source said.

The Belarusian Investigative Committee has declared Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov a defendant in a criminal case against officials of the Belarusian firm, the committee said earlier on Monday.

Officials said that during the investigation into damage caused to Belarus, evidence showed that Kerimov and other defendants had also caused massive damage to Russia.

“The committee is analysing the materials to pass them to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office,” a statement said. The committee said Belarusian law enforcement agencies would help Russian prosecutors check any links between Kerimov and criminal groups in the Caucasus.

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