Friday, September 30, 2011

Fugitive Prosecutor Unwanted by Russia

Russia’s General Prosecutor Office declined assistance from Interpol in finding a fugitive Russian prosecutor involved in a large-scale corruption affair. Russia’s Investigation Committee accuses Alexander Ignatenko, a former Moscow Region first deputy prosecutor, and a number of other high-ranking prosecutors of protecting a vast underground casino ring. On investigators’ demand a Russian court ordered the arrest of Ignatenko, who reportedly fled to Ukraine. In order for Interpol to issue an arrest warrant, a request from the General Prosecutor's Office is needed, which it refused to provide. "Ignatenko has not been put on the international wanted list as the Prosecutor General's Office refused to demand his arrest and extradition if he is found in other countries," the Russian bureau of Interpol's press service said. The General Prosecutor's Office says the accusations against Ignatenko “lack evidence.” Notably, a witness in the casino case reportedly said to investigators that Ignatenko vowed in case of his arrest to expose other high-ranking prosecutors allegedly involved in the casino affair, including the General Prosecutor’s son Artem Chaika.

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