Russia asks Poland to detain suspect pending extradition

3rd January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday made a formal request to Poland to prolong the arrest of a former Russian prosecutor wanted by Moscow on corruption allegations pending his extradition, Polish prosecutors said.

Polish security services detained Alexander Ignatenko -- whom Moscow suspects was involved in a network of illegal casinos -- late Sunday when they pulled him over on a road near the southern mountain resort of Zakopane.

Ignatenko was to be questioned by Polish prosecutors in Nowy Sacz, southern Poland, later Tuesday before a judge reviews Moscow's detention request at an as yet undetermined date, prosecutors said.

If the court agrees to prolong Ignatenko's detention, Russian authorities will be able to proceed with a formal extradition request, on which Poland's justice minister will have the final word.

In May, Russian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ignatenko who had been fired from his post as a prosecutor in April after a network of illegal casinos had been uncovered 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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