Poland detains ex-prosecutor wanted by Russia

2nd January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Poland on Monday detained former Russian prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko wanted by Moscow for his alleged involvement in a network of illegal casinos, Polish police confirmed Monday.

Polish security services acted on information that Ignatenko was travelling to Poland's southern Tatra mountain resort of Zakopane, according to a police statement.

"During a road check, police confirmed the identity of this 53-year-old man. They arrested him after ascertaining he was (...) being pursued by an arrest warrant," the statement said, adding Ignatenko was taken into custody near Zakopane on Sunday.

Poland's ABW domestic intelligence agency refused comment earlier on Monday when contacted by AFP.

Earlier Monday Poland's commercial RMF FM radio reported Ignatenko was taken into custody on a road leading to Poland's southern Tatra mountain resort Zakopane where he was to meet his wife and child.

According to RMF he was in possession of a Lithuanian passport.

In May, Russian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ignatenko who had been fired from his post as a prosecutor in April after the network of illegal casinos had been cracked in the Moscow region in mid-February.

Russian investigators allege senior police and prosecutors turned a blind eye to the illegal casinos which made between five to ten million dollars (3.8-7.7 million euros) a month.

© 2012 AFP

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