The Prosecutor General of Ukraine and American law enforcement agencies are interested in rapid completion of the trial process in the US over the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavel Lazarenko. About it in interview to Agency «Interfax-Ukraine» said the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin.
ENIN reminded that today in Ukraine returned $15 million of Lazarenko by the decision of the Swiss court.
«In addition, the accounts in Switzerland, Guernsey, Liechtenstein, Antigua and Lithuania arrested about $200 million in the framework of criminal proceedings, which is investigated in Ukraine and in the civil process associated with the criminal, in the territory of the United States… First of all, we jointly with the us partners are interested in the most rapid completion of this process,» he said.
ENIN said that the Ukrainian side provided US the materials under investigation in Ukraine criminal proceedings, which, according to him, confirmed that corrupt nature of the money received Lazarenko and his associates.
«Judicial process in the United States lasts for more than eight years, and we hope it is already in its final stage. Once in the US, the process will end – hopefully with a positive for all of us solution – start negotiations on the sharing of confiscated assets», – said the Deputy Prosecutor General.
He noted that Ukraine could claim to be part of confiscated assets as a victim from these corruption offences country, but also as a country that actively contributed to the investigation.
ENIN also said that in the absence of Lazarenko in Ukraine, and what he wanted, the investigation of criminal proceedings in Ukraine against him was suspended.
He added that a few months ago the U.S. informed the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office about the awarding Lazarenko renewed suspicions, which covers some aspects regarding both the murder of MP Yevhen Shcherban, and a number of corruption crimes.
Lazarenko was Prime Minister of Ukraine in 1996-1997. After a conflict with President Leonid Kuchma went into opposition, and with the beginning of a criminal investigation have fled abroad.
In 1999, was detained in new York while trying to cross the border on a fake passport. In the US, Lazarenko was charged with laundering money obtained illegally and transferred to foreign accounts in 1994-1999. In August 2006 he was sentenced in California to nine years in prison and a fine of $10 million on 1 November 2012, was released from the American prison Terminal Island to freedom. Ukraine is seeking to return to the country arrested in the United States assets of Lazarenko.
At the stage of confiscation of property at the expense of Lazarenko claimed by many parties, including the Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister and the Russian company «Gazprom» and the Bank EuroFed, which was founded by Lazarenko in the island nation of Antigua. The Bank agreed to settle with the US government and withdrew its claim to most of the money. In November 2014, the court in Washington approved the agreement, under which $100 million on the offshore accounts of Lazarenko was divided between the Bank of Antigua and the U.S. Treasury. As a result, the account island Bank, supplemented by $25 million, and the accounts of the U. S. government for $75 million.
ENIN: After the completion of the US trial of Lazarenko will start negotiations on the sharing of confiscated assets 26.02.2018