Austria arrests top Ukrainian oligarch: report

13th March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Austrian authorities said Thursday that police had arrested a Ukrainian businessman, reported to be top oligarch Dmytro Firtash, following a lengthy FBI investigation and a US arrest warrant.

"On the evening of March 12 a Ukrainian citizen (Dmytro) F., 48, was arrested in Vienna... by officers from the organised crime unit and EKO-Cobra," an armed response unit, police said in a statement.

"A national arrest order was issued for the businessman on the basis of several years of investigation by the US FBI and an arrest warrant" by a US court, the statement added.

He is suspected of being involved in bribery and forming a criminal organisation, it added.

The Austria Press Agency named the suspect as Firtash, a chemicals tycoon who co-owns the Inter television channel and who is one of Ukraine's most prominent oligarchs.

Firtash was considered a key backer of former president Viktor Yanukovych who was ousted by pro-European protesters last month and has since sought shelter in Russia.

© 2014 AFP

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