In Germany yesterday, November 25, began the trial of officials suspected of receiving bribes from the Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash. About it reports DW.
About half a million euros in cash, according to German media, was provided to known in business circles of Austria, «the private detective» Nina, Wilkening. The latter had to establish an informal channel of communication with the FBI and to get information that is spread about Firtash law enforcement channels. Her partner was a 60-year-old chief Commissioner of criminal police of the Land of Mecklenburg — Vorpommern Heinz-Peter G. In addition, before the court as the main accomplice Heinz-Peter G. brought his wife.
Accused threatens till ten years of imprisonment.
As reported in the press service of the court, we do not know whether to call to testify in court Firtash. «While the court finds the formal legal issues, the involvement of the witnesses should be at a later stage of the process», — said the press Secretary of the court. However, Firtash still could not arrive to Germany, as would be immediately arrested in accordance with a warrant the FBI.
Commissioner Heinz-Peter G., according to the investigation, worked in tandem with Nina, Wilkening since 2008. During this time he received no less than five applications for the provision of official information about the course of an investigation, or law enforcement dossiers on individuals. Only, as reported by the Prosecutor’s office in Schwerin, Heinz-Peter G. has received bribes totaling more than 300 thousand euros. While largest client in the record podozrevaemogo corruption Commissioner was billionaire Dmitry Firtash.
How to write German media with reference to the materials of the investigation, a meeting place Nina Wilkening and Commissioner of Schwerin was a small roadside tavern called «cabbage». In the company of truck drivers, these two not only were treated to stuffed cabbage. The Commissioner, during such meetings, according to public broadcaster NDR, received assignments from new clients. Encouragement from influential businessmen also handed over a plate of cabbage — in envelopes, which sometimes was up to one hundred thousand euros. It was not until April this year before the Commissioner and «private detective», as he calls himself Nina Wilkening, was not arrested.
One of the most sensitive documents, attached to the «spy» case — order personally signed by Firtash issued by the Commissioner Heinz-Peter G. and his assistant, former employee of the criminal police. According to the German publication Der Spiegel, in order Firtash gave the suspect the powers to negotiate with the competent authorities of the U.S. to extradite him. Firtash’s lawyers, through his representative, confirmed the existence of the corresponding order. However, as representatives of a billionaire, their client … didn’t know that in fact these individuals were police officers. «They were presented (Firtash — ed.) as «lawyers who have experience in such matters», — said the press-Secretary of the oligarch Daniel Kapp, referring to the position of the lawyers Firtash.
For the Ukrainian oligarch, the current trial in Schwerin can have unpredictable consequences. It is expected that the verdict will be pronounced before the end of December. According to the newspaper Berliner Kurier, Nina Wilkening can avoid long-term imprisonment, and gave exhaustive testimony in the case. If this scenario comes true, can open new important details — in particular, on the role of Firtash of bribing German authorities. Now Firtash, as reported by the Prosecutor’s office in Schwerin, is not a suspect, but if his version that he took a corrupt Commissioner of police for «counsel» is shaken, it will be a blow for the protection of the oligarch in Vienna. Firtash in Austria last year won a court of first instance. The judge denied his extradition to the US, not excluding the political component in the case. Expected in December or January will be held on the appeal of the Prosecutor against this decision.
Recall, from March 2014, Firtash Ukrainian and hiding from American justice in Vienna (Austria), where they tried to appeal the request of the US authorities for his extradition. Latest legal defeat he suffered on July 2 this year in the Austrian constitutional court.
In the United States oligarch faces 50 years in prison on suspicion of corruption. There he is accused that with the help of bribes for a total amount of 18.5 million dollars he wanted to get permission to mine titanium in India.
2 Dec 2015, Firtash was going to take part in the Congress of the Federation of employers of Ukraine in Kyiv, soon, however, this intention was abandoned. This happened after the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov announced the arrest on arrival at the airport «Borispol» in response to the appeal of the US Department of justice to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, as the Ukrainian criminal proceedings it is only as a witness. In the case of the establishment of the result of his personal participation in the fraud with the Bank «Nadra» Firtash have the status of a suspect.
In Austria, where Firtash lives after the overthrow of the regime of Yanukovych, he was first arrested and then released on the security in 125 million euros.
Note that bail for Firtash made his General acquaintance with notorious Russian businessmen brothers Rotenberg, President of the Russian judo Federation Vasily Anisimov. Firtash has never concealed its close ties with the people closest to Vladimir Putin and some of his representatives in the West the reputation of odious figures, calls his «good friends.»
According to open sources, the current wife of Firtash and Lada Firtash p. — and their children are citizens of the Russian Federation.
Firtash himself does not agree with the charges raised against him and considers them politically.
In Germany, on trial of officials suspected of receiving bribes from Firtash 25.11.2016