Ukraine may receive $273 million, blocked in the United States in the case of ex-Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko. The Director of the Department of special investigations of the Prosecutor General Sergei Gorbatyuk said on air of the program «BATMAN» editor-in-chief of the edition «GORDON» Alesya Batsman on the channel «112 Ukraine».
«For this reason an ongoing civil trial in America. After he received sentence, the civil trial about the forfeiture of these funds. The U.S. Department of justice has indicated that Ukraine, if this process will culminate in the confiscation of the funds can count on their return, but the timing of the completion of the case is not clear, because the process continues, it seems, already more than 10 years, and we have yet to see him in the end,» he said.
According to the Gorbatyuk, criminal proceedings against Lazarenko suspended in connection with his investigation.
«Now efforts are being made to acquaint him with renewed suspicion, and also with the requirements of the legislation on special (so-called correspondence) proceedings,» – said the Director of the Department of special investigations of the GPU.
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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.
Gorbatyuk: U.S. Department of justice has indicated that Ukraine, if the trial of Lazarenko will end with confiscation of the funds can count on their return 23.12.2017